47 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006
Date Written: February 2006
Cities make it easier for humans to interact, and one of the main advantages of dense, urban areas is that they facilitate social interactions. This paper provides evidence suggesting that the resurgence of big cities in the 1990s is due, in part, to the increased demand for these interactions and due to the reduction in big city crime, which had made it difficult for urban residents to enjoy these social amenities. However, while density is correlated with consumer amenities, we show that it is not correlated with social capital and that there is no evidence that sprawl has hurt civic engagement.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Glaeser, Edward L. and Gottlieb, Joshua D., Urban Resurgence and the Consumer City (February 2006). Harvard Institute of Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 2109. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=884183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.884183
By James Rauch