Trend #3: Panopolis
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  • Anthony

    “Ever greater numbers, people flocking to cities from countryside, hoping for opportunities, a roof over their heads, food, survival – but not just survival….Staggering poor infrastructures…are having trouble coping with current populations….” WRM, will it explode – the global surge?

  • LarryD

    A trend which has, or at least is, ending in the US. At least 50 US cities have been losing population for forty years. The development of suburbia has been a great source of angst for urban planners for decades.

  • Robert

    I’m rather skeptical that this is anything new. Cities from very beginning have contained the richest and poorest people in a society, and they have been linked into their surroundings as best as contemporary technology allowed.

    The reach of the communications web is now global, but frankly even that isn’t as new as people assume. Undersea telegraph lines brought global connectivity back in mid-Victorian times.

    “…They will want a piece of that pie their well-to-do neighbors are enjoying for dessert—healthcare, education, opportunity. Figuring out how to deliver those things is going to test the mettle of political leaders for the next decade and beyond.”

    Well, sure. But if a given city, however big, fails at improving peoples’ lives, they will stop coming, and more will leave than arrive, with a net decrease in population. Notwithstanding Rome or Jerusalem or Jerico, there’s nothing in nature that guarantees any city eternal life.

    They come, they go. Human settlements endure so long as they are useful, and when that stops, people move away.

  • Jim.

    @LarryD:

    You nailed it. The way to deliver value to people is to make sure they can get a good job within a quick and comfortable car ride of their single-family home.

    It’s only a small minority of our population that has the brain disorder that makes them prefer dense urban life. The fact that urban planners exist is a result of obsessive-compulsive disorder coupled with deep sociopathy, and the fact that they have power is a tragic failure of our democratic process.

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