This is a preview of a premium article. Subscribe or Log In to gain access. Book Reviews The hum of human cities The “creative city” touted by Glaeser or Richard Florida may be the exception that proves the rule. A dominant tendency in American culture has been the pursuit of mobility and outward expansion. By Paul Delany Issue 30 Edward Glaeser Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier New York: Penguin, 2011 338 pages.Subscribe or Log In to read more.