David Brooks recommends Edward Glaeser's new book, Triumph of the City. A pertinent quote: "Far from withering in the age of instant global information flows, cities have only become more important." Why? Because cities produce synergy: "When you clump together different sorts of skilled people and force them to rub against one another, they create friction and instability, which leads to tension and creativity, which leads to small business growth."
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