What is the fate of the world’s mega-cities?

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In a brilliant post on Global Dashboard, Jules Evans analyses the fate of the world’s mega cities in the wake of what is shaping up to be a complete economic collapse in many parts of the world.

Quoting Richard Florida in the Atlantic, we find out what they mean by mega-cities:

In North America, these mega-regions include SunBelt centers like the Char-Lanta Corridor, Northern and Southern California, the Texas Triangle of Houston–San Antonio–Dallas, and Southern Florida’s Tampa-Orlando-Miami area; the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia, stretching from Portland through Seattle to Vancouver; and both Greater Chicago and Tor-Buff-Chester in the old Rust Belt.

Internationally, these mega-regions include Greater London, Greater Tokyo, Europe’s Am-Brus-Twerp, China’s Shanghai-Beijing Corridor, and India’s Bangalore-Mumbai area. Economic output is ever-more concentrated in these places as well. The world’s 40 largest mega-regions, which are home to some 18 percent of the world’s population, produce two-thirds of global economic output and nearly 9 in 10 new patented innovations.

I was hoping that South Africa’s PWV megalopolis (Pretoria, Witwatersrand and Vereeniging) would make it to the list.

There is a fierce debate as to what will happen to these mega-cities and how they will transform, but one things is agreed upon, James Howard Kunstler is right: suburbia is doomed.

Read on at “After the crunch: more urbanisation or less?

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