27 Sep '11, 10pm

Want better jobs? Build denser cities

"Hell is other people," wrote Jean-Paul Sartre. He nonetheless spent much of his life in Paris, the better to interact with other French intellectuals. Cities have long been incubators and transmitters of ideas, and, correspondingly, engines of economic growth. That has never made the crowds less annoying. Maybe that is why people try to tame the city by chaining it down and limiting who can build what where along its quieter streets. We lobby leaders to fight development, aiming to protect old buildings and precious views, limit crime and traffic, and maintain high-quality schools. But what makes a city a city and a not-city a not-city is the fact that a city is dense and a not-city is not. The idea of it may chill a homeowner's heart, but the wealth supported by urban density is what gives urban homes their great value in the first place. And when it comes to economic gr...

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