Cities are Good for You by Leo Hollis
The Genius of the Metropolis

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6 Critic Reviews

Hollis gives a few details about this "no-man's land of the city," but he never does get down in it, preferring to observe from above. This becomes increasingly problematic as "Cities Are Good for You" progresses...
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Synopsis

Cities are where the twenty-first century is really going to happen. Already at the beginning of the century, we became 50% urban as a global population, and by 2050 we're going to be up to 70% urban. So cities could either be our coffin or our ark.

Leo Hollis presents evidence that cities can deliver a better life and a better world in the future. From exploring what slime mold can tell us about traffic flow, to looking at how traditional civic power structures are being overturned by Twitter, to investigating how cities all over the world are tackling climate change, population growth, poverty, shifting work patterns and the maintenance of the fragile trust of their citizens, Cities Are Good for You offers a new perspective on the city.

Combining anecdote, scientific studies, historical portraits, first-hand interviews and observations of some of the most exciting world cities, Hollis upends long-held assumptions with new questions: Where do cities come from? Can we build a city from scratch? Does living in the city make you happier or fitter? Is the metropolis of the future female? What is the relationship between cities and creativity? And are slums really all that bad?

Cities Are Good for You introduces us to dreamers, planners, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, architects, slum-dwellers and kings. Ranging globally and through time in search of answers--from the archive to the laboratory, from City Hall to the architect's desk--it is above all driven by the idea that cities are for people and by people.
 

About Leo Hollis

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Leo Hollis is a writer and historian. Born in London, he studied history of the University of East Anglia. He now works as an editor at Verso and is the critically acclaimed author of London Rising: The Men Who Made Modern London (published in the UK as The Phoenix: St Paul's Cathedral and the Men Who Made Modern London) and The Stones of London: A History in Twelve Buildings. He lives in West Hampstead, UK.
 
Published July 16, 2013 by Bloomsbury Press. 417 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Ben East on May 04 2013

...this is a useful counterpoint to those who would argue that the big bad city is to be escaped at all costs.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Will Self on Apr 17 2013

...for someone prepared to spend 400 pages telling us how great cities are, Hollis seems remarkably untouched by the aesthetics of buildings.

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Kirkus

Good
on Jul 07 2013

A good read, popular without being condescending, for students of the modern city and the metropolises of the future.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Ed Hammond on May 05 2013

It is in his introspective navigations through the city, where he is recorder of the sensory strain of metropolitan experience, that Hollis is at his most comfortable.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by David L. Ulin on Jul 07 2013

Hollis gives a few details about this "no-man's land of the city," but he never does get down in it, preferring to observe from above. This becomes increasingly problematic as "Cities Are Good for You" progresses...

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Steve Collins on Aug 16 2013

Cities Are Good For You: The Genius of the Metropolis, represents an exponential leap in scope, examining the nature of the global modern city — his, yours, and increasingly everybody’s.

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