Henry David Thoreau’s sylvan lifestyle led him to destroy more than 300 acres of prime woodland (courtesy of an accidental forest fire he sparked). He would have done much less harm if he had lived in Boston...I hope to get a chance to read the book - Triumph of the City - soon.
Get Over Jefferson. America is, remarkably, still held captive by a Jeffersonian ideal of yeoman farmers and country living.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Get Over Jefferson
Ed Glaeser, a serious economist, has written a book on cities, and has a quick hit on NYTimes' Freakonomics blog. He praises cities as centers of innovation and environmentalism: