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The Only Way is Up. Edward Glaeser, September 21, 2011, Paper. "An economist explains the liberal principles which shape his perspective on architecture and the future of cities. Economists have no interest in aesthetics but recognise the accommodation of diverse tastes as an important aspect of freedom. Excessive historic preservation and barriers to building upwards are often unnecessary constraints on freedom. The economic and environmental case for building denser, higher cities depends ultimately on the architect's freedom to take risks. Economists and architects have complementary, not competing, sets of skills..." Link