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Cities have power to influence human well-being, says Happy City author

Charles Montgomery’s Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Happy city: Vancouver-based journalist and urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery says, ‘The good news is that interventions aimed at making cities happier can also make them healthier, more efficient and wealthier.’

Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, which is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, says he first got interested in the link between good urban planning and happiness when he took a bike ride through Bogotá, Colombia. He was chasing after the mayor, Enrique Peñalosa who, Mr. Montgomery says, had transformed the city in the name of happiness.

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Cities have power to influence human well-being, says Happy City author

Charles Montgomery’s Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

Happy city: Vancouver-based journalist and urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery says, ‘The good news is that interventions aimed at making cities happier can also make them healthier, more efficient and wealthier.’

Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, which is one of five books shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, says he first got interested in the link between good urban planning and happiness when he took a bike ride through Bogotá, Colombia. He was chasing after the mayor, Enrique Peñalosa who, Mr. Montgomery says, had transformed the city in the name of happiness.

  

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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