Happy City

Happy City

Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

Book - 2013
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A brilliant young thinker shows how lessons from the emerging science of happiness can be used to fix broken cities - and lives - around the world. 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? Full of cutting-edge insights from behavioural 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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Doubleday Canada,, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385669122
Characteristics: 358 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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lktuyen
Aug 29, 2017

This is a book that all city planner in Markham should read. Especially with the recent development of Highway 7 with the VIVA bus lane and bike lanes. The decision to go with the VIVA designated lane is great but the addition of bike lanes there just doesn't make any sense. Overall it is thought inducing and it did help change the way I move around in the neighborhood (eg bike, taking the viva and just walking).

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mclarjh
Jul 02, 2015

Mere reporting here, no intelligent analysis.

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velvetcactus
Mar 30, 2015

Oh how I had hoped Jim Watson had read this instead of watching Netflix as he was convalescing!!!
IMO City Council needs to read it as well!
If I see another condo go up I am going to lose my mind!

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Winnipeg1
Feb 16, 2015

Author talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk. Book a good seller, no doubt.

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Hankers
Feb 15, 2015

I heard about the book on Tapestry. I have been interested in urban design and development since reading Jane Jacobs' "Death and life of great American cities" in the early 1970s

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eastvanbookfan
Aug 04, 2014

As a Vancouver-rite its always fun to read about your city in e.g. after e.g. of how things have played out or are playing out.

Those people who managed to slow our rapid freeway/highway expansion that was planned in the 70's/80's, thank you so very much. It may not have even been what you intended but you have impacted both our present and future. I think positively.

So many things in here are counter intuititive, in my opinion. It seems obvious to improve traffic build bigger/better roads. Thankfully books like this one prove that idea not only wrong but suggest reforming our cities thereby impacting ALL segments of society (work, play, education etc...). Good book but many will not want to hear the message, just yet..........

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velowallah
Jun 25, 2014

Very interesting book that challenges a lot of preconceived notions about how cities develop. It can be maddening at times as you will inevitably be reminded of the terrible car-centered decisions your city halls probably makes. One minor annoyance was the fact that the author, Canadian, uses miles and, especially, farenheits, which are about as meaningless as Klingon jargon everywhere else but the US. Still, a great inspiring read detailing a lot of forward city building and city 'repairing'.

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TeaD4
Mar 06, 2014

If you are interested in the future of cities, this is the book to pick up. The book is a great primer on the basics of what makes a good city, and it should be mandatory reading for anyone going into architecture, urban planning, politics, etc. - any job that will influence how our cities are built. The author does a great job of tying in research from psychology and neuroscience to show how cities affect people, and how this should serve as a huge incentive to get our cities in better shape. An excellent read for any citizen who needs motivation to get involved in city building.

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awoodfin
Feb 28, 2014

reorder-on pg 75

LMcShaneCLE Dec 06, 2013

We have a moral imperative to build "Happy Cities" - we can not live in isolation and we need energy, food, market and transportation systems/services that encourage healthy community - best book I have read on this topic.

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