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Happy City Audiobook

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

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Publisher's Summary

After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people than ever are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resource crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks, and tower dwelling improvements on the car dependence of sprawl?

Award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness and during an exhilarating journey through some of the world's most dynamic cities. He meets the visionary mayor who introduced a "sexy" lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogotá; the architect who brought the lessons of medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris' urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have transformed their lives by hacking the designs of their streets and neighborhoods. Full of rich historical detail and new insights from psychologists and Montgomery's own urban experiments, Happy City is an essential tool for understanding and improving our own communities.

©2013 Charles Montgomery (P)2015 Tantor

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"The book will likely make you a believer." (Publishers Weekly)

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    John Manila, Philippines 08-30-16
    John Manila, Philippines 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Canon of Great Ideas"

    At a time when Metro Manila tries to figure out how we got into the big mess that it is currently stuck in, this is a canon of ideas for the future. Entertaining, well researched, and comprehensive. It makes you excited about what things are possible in our lifetime.

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    Amazon Customer San Marcos,TX 07-07-16
    Amazon Customer San Marcos,TX 07-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved It"

    Loved it! Provided many real life stories supporting reasons to avoid Urban Sprawl. Eye Opening.

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    sheena 02-18-16
    sheena 02-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "fun to listen to while commuting"
    If you could sum up Happy City in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, informative, insightful


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    that it's hopeful.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    His unexpected accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the couple in Vancouver adopted the daughter of the dying woman because of the close knit bond of the community.


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    Matt Taylor 01-13-16
    Matt Taylor 01-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting and useful perspective"

    A great read for anyone interested in cities, or for anyone who is relocating and wants to know what aspects to look for in a place which would provide a good overall quality of life. Applies an interesting perspective and provides useful insight into good urban design.

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