Happy City

Happy City

eBook - 2013
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A journalist travels the world and investigates current socioeconomic theories of happiness to discover why most modern cities are designed to make us miserable, what we can do to change this, and why we have more to learn from poor cities than from prosperous ones.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780385669139
0385669135
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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." -- ... Read More »

Does living in a city make us happier? Montgomery believes it might. His book examines the possible benefits on our moods and investigates the ways in which cities around the world are using urban design to improve the lives of their residents.

Does living in a city make us happier? Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City, believes it might. This book examines the possible benefits city living has on our moods and investigates the ways in which cities around the world are using urban design to improve the lives of their residents.

Does living in a city make us happier? Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City, believes it might. This book examines the possible benefits city living has on our moods and investigates the ways in which cities around the world are using urban design to improve the lives of their residents.

Vancouverite Charles Montgomery’s interest was piqued when he met Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Penalosa was undeterred in his belief that Bogota , a city that Montgomery describes as being hobbled by traffic, pollution, poverty and dysfunction., could be transformed not wit... Read More »


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abastian003
Jul 08, 2019

Great book! I learned a lot about how design choices within a city affect individual and societal health and happiness.

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laurkf
May 21, 2019

Such an interesting read that I think about every day!

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michaelfwood
Aug 24, 2018

Once you've read this book (and I mean read, not just turned the pages) your view of cities--and the lifestyle they engender--will be forever changed. You can not go back. Your mental furniture has been permanently re-arranged. Favorably.

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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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