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Ryan Avent's The Gated City: Are NIMBYs Killing The Economy? (Book Review)

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I first met Ryan Avent in 2008 when we were both liveblogging a conference on urban design in Philadelphia. I have followed him closely ever since; he writes about urban and other issues for the Economist, and is always fascinating.( read his blog here ) He just released The Gated City , as a Kindle Single, a short e-book format. (An excerpt appears in the New York Times here ) Avent is an economist, and starts with a chapter appropriately entitled "Something Has Gone Wrong", describing how over the last 30 years inequality has widened, manufacturing jobs have disappeared and finally, the economy tanked. Then he adds his own addition to the list of things that have gone wrong: America has made its own productive locations ever less accessible. The best opportunities are found in one place, and for some reason most Americans are opting to live in another. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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