Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles MontgomeryHappy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

byCharles Montgomery

Paperback | September 29, 2014

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"Happy City is not only readable but stimulating. It raises issues most of us have avoided for too long. Do we live in neighbourhoods that make us happy? That is not a silly question. Montgomery encourages us to ask it without embarrassment, and to think intelligently about the answer." --The New York Times
     More of us than ever are moving to inner cities, mixed-use suburbs, and densely constructed towns. Our surroundings have certainly changed--but is city living cheering us up, or are we as gloomy on our walks to the subway as we were on our long predawn commutes? And if that's the case, how can we turn things around? In breezy, vivid prose, Montgomery reports from such exciting and dysfunctional places as Bogotá, once a dangerous, car-obsessed city, now a bike-loving model of civic excellence; California's San Joaquin Valley in the apocalyptic aftermath of the housing crisis; and a suburb of Vancouver, where a power company gathers energy from sewage to provide its citizens with heat and hot water. Full of cutting-edge insights from behavioral economists and leading urban thinkers, Happy City offers a completely new way to examine city life, showing us how small innovations can radically improve our experiences. Practical, genial, and fiercely open-minded, Montgomery has written a brilliant book about what today's cities are getting right--and how tomorrow's cities can do even better.
CHARLES MONTGOMERY is a writer and photojournalist. Born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, he spent his formative years on a farm on Vancouver Island, and was educated at the University of Victoria and Langara College. Whether covering conflict in the Andean foothills or exploring the mental life of cities, Charles has won accolade...
Title:Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban DesignFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.99 × 6 × 1.03 inPublished:September 29, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385669143

ISBN - 13:9780385669146

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Happy City: • "A brilliant, entertaining and vital book. Montgomery deftly leads us from our misplaced focus on money, cars and stuff to consider what makes us truly happy. Then everything changes--the way we live, work and play in humanity's major habitat, the city." David Suzuki • "Montgomery should be praised for both the breadth of his research as well the virtues of most everything he argues." The Globe and Mail