David Owen is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of a dozen books. He lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife, the writer Ann Hodgman, and their two children.
?David Owen advances the provocative argument that the asphalt jungle is greener than the places where most Americans live. A hard-hitting book that punctures many eco-balloons.? ?Witold Rybczynski, author of "City Life" and Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at University of Pennsylvania ?David Owen always delights with his elegant insights and his challenges to conventional thinking. In this book, he does so again by puncturing the myth of ecological Arcadia and reminding us why living in cities is the best way to be green. It's a triumph of clear thinking and writing.? ?Walter Isaacson, author of "Einstein: His Life and Universe" and "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" ?"Green Metropolis" is a bracing, important work of contrarian truth- telling. Old-fashioned cities aren?t just more interesting, more exciting, more fun?they?re also by far the most sensible and efficient way to organize modern life. We city-dwellers live in the places we are waiting for.? ?Kurt