12 Dec '11, 8pm

Cities: Not quite as awesome as we like to think

Cities: Not quite as awesome as we like to think

If you Google the term "a scholar and a gentleman," the first result to pop up is a picture of Witold Rybczynski -- or it would be if there were any justice in the world. Rybczynski is an architect, author, and professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written a dozen or so books on technology, architecture, real estate -- even a natural history of the screwdriver. He knows The City like it's nobody's business. So it was notable when, in a blog post a few weeks back, Rybczynski opened a can of Jedi-style whoopass on writer Richard Florida for playing "fast and loose" with income numbers to make the case that dense, city-style living is the source of all that's good in the world. Florida included a chart with a story in The Atlantic charting the average income in cities to show that the more people you pack into a small area, the richer they become. "T...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-12-12-cities-not-quite-a...

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