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Green Metropolis by David Owen
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Jul 02, 11

Read from June 25 to 26, 2011

There were a handful of interesting ideas and good points, but unfortunately the majority of this book combined illogic and self-contradiction with a dash of flat out hypocrisy. He's right that it's better to build up than out, and suburbs are far less 'green' than cities, but he overlooked vital facts, like 25% of children in New York have asthma because of the pollution, when he wrote about how traffic jams and idling cars were a good thing ecologically. There were even some places where he contradicted himself in the same sentence. His justification for his own hypocrisy was also founded on bad logic (well, if I didn't destroy the world, someone else would so it doesn't matter that I do) and undermined the entire point of the book. Yes, population density creates more room for sustainability, but that doesn't automatically mean that tons of pollution and waste are magically okay.

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