Urban Nuclei and Divide

The 2016 election manifested a reaction to the growth of urban population, economics. culture, values and influence. Economic power is concentrated in the urban nuclei, bound to global markets, supplies and workforces. The geographic split amplifies educational and social divisions as the nuclei expand. The political turbulence is inexorably divisive, exacerbated by parochial institutions and cultural belief systems. Within cities, a micro-battle wages between lower and higher-income residents—as development/ real estate/ corporate interests grapple over land-use, environmental processes and transportation projects that shape cities and capital distribution.

UNITED NATIONS: “Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa, according to a new United Nations report launched today.”

TIME: “For now, however, young people prefer cities. According to the Nielsen Company, 62% of millennials prefer to live in mixed-use communities found in urban centers, closer to shops, restaurants, and the office. And as the number of apartment buildings under construction continues to rise, it appears the exodus to the cities won’t be slowing anytime soon.”

…Howard Wong


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