Is There a "Goldilocks Density"- Not Too High, Not Too Low, But Just Right?

Triumph of the City

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triumph of the city

credit: Lloyd Alter

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In the Triumph of the City, Edward Glaeser thinks that cities need fewer controls on development, and would be happy if the entire city was covered in 40 storey buildings. As I wrote in my review,

His premise is stated in the subtitle, that cities make us "Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier." He also thinks that cities should be denser and cheaper; the more people, the better. He is an economist, and not a sentimentalist.

And, I have come to conclude that he and Owen are wrong.