Healthy cities: Is economic growth a partner or a problem?


A high level of life satisfaction in cities is achievable through policies that encourage interaction, equality, and human development, but not necessarily economic growth.

While we lament that our country’s growth rate can’t seem to climb higher than 2%, the obvious eludes us: continued GDP growth has failed┬ámiserably┬áto benefit anyone but a slim margin of the population. Growth achieved through improved productivity (meaning more automation and fewer workers), outsourcing and technological innovations is translating into excellent numbers at the top (higher corporate profits, stock market growth, and higher executive pay) and very marginal benefits for those at the bottom or even the middle.

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