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The rise of going green

Shalin Ha-Jew

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“If the environmental footprint of the average suburban home is a size 15 hiking boot, the environmental footprint of a New York apartment is a stiletto-heel size 6 Jimmy Choo.” — Edward Glaeser

Suggest a “green” home, and many people may imagine an energy-efficient three-bedroom surrounded by trees. Suggest a “green” neighborhood, and people might imagine a suburb. However, economist Edward Glaeser suggests the optimal “green” living spaces for the next generations would be skyscrapers in big and well-run cities.

In Glaeser’s “Triumph of the City,” this author lauds the benefits of city living, with the close proximities of people that have historically resulted in complex learning and the synergies that have resulted in life-changing innovations.

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