Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

Huddled Masses

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The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, by Joel Kotkin (Agate B2, 304 pp., $24.95)

What are the effects on families of living in a city of skyscrapers?    

That’s one of the pivotal questions raised by Joel Kotkin’s new book. Kotkin is both a field researcher who travels widely and a demographer who makes extensive use of Census Bureau research. He employs both these avenues of inquiry on behalf of a provocative thesis: One of the main causes for the declining birth rates seen in the industrialized world is the experience of life in crowded metropolises.

From this idea, Kotkin goes on to a further argument: There needs to be a complete reappraisal of urban design and

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