One final thought on Ed Glaeser’s Triumph of the City

Even after 18,000 words, apparently I still felt there was a point that needed making. Previously: Parts I, II, III, IV.

In the entire book, there is not one word — not one single word — on any measure people can take to improve their own cities, anything they can do to make the places they live more responsive to their own needs. It is all and entirely about macro-scale levers administrators might apply to incentivize or disincentivize certain lifestyle choices. At no point does Glaeser even suggest that people might vote for representatives committed to a policy of deregulation, should they find his arguments in favor of such a policy convincing.

Make of this what you will.

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