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Rethinking global cities

Ahluwalia, Pal and Miller, Toby 2016. Rethinking global cities. Social Identities 22 (6) , pp. 559-560. 10.1080/13504630.2016.1203517

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Abstract

In 1950, only London and New York were big enough cities to qualify as megalopolises. The 15 biggest cities in 1950 accounted for 82.5 million people; in 1970 their aggregate was 140.2 million; and in 1990, 189.6 million. Four hundred cities today have more than a million occupants, and 37 have between 8 and 26 million. Almost 50% of the world’s population lived in cities in 2000, up from 30% in 1960. In fact, more people are urban dwellers today than were alive in 1960; and for the first time in world history, more people now live in cities than rural areas. Most of the remainder are desperately poor peasants. Across Latin America, for instance, 70% of people moved from the country to the city in the 40 years from the mid-twentieth century, with Mexico City growing from 1.6 million residents in 1940 to 19–29 million today, depending on which figures you consult

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1350-4630
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/100363

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