Cities have always been around us, haven’t they? They’ve dated back to about 4500 and 3100 BCE, which is an incredibly long time ago, isn’t it?
Cities have grown to what they are now. The stock exchange in Wall Street, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, The White House in Washington D.C., the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, all these landmarks, big brand name headquarters, presidents’ residences, all these articles that a city has. But the main question is, what will cities look like in the future?
My opinion: Cities in the future will not be the same as they are now. They will be bigger, cooler-looking, easier to get to events on time (because of China’s futuristic ‘Straddling Bus’, which may help China’s cities ease traffic and get to events easier), and overall, futuristic because that is what cities are supposed to be in the future, aren’t they? In my opinion, the ‘Straddling Bus’ , which I mentioned earlier, should be, in the future, a very important invention because if there is a lot of them in all cities in the world, wouldn’t it ease traffic a lot easier and allow people to get to events easier? To conclude, in a city in the future, there will be everything that a single human has ever dreamed of e.g. floating cars, floating cities, etc.
Global Rural Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP) did a project, and they found out three percent of the world’s land surface is covered with urban areas (cities), which is actually a lot if you think of everything else the world’s land surface has in consideration, and some other findings that they found were: Source: http://www.livescience.com.
- One-fifth of the world’s urban settlements have populations below 500,000 – a significant fact considering that the United Nation Population Division only reports on urban settlements of 500,000 inhabitants or more.
- Coastal environments have much higher concentrations of urban land area (10 percent) and urban populations (65 percent) than other ecosystems.
- In Asia and Africa, fewer people live in coastal and cultivated areas than in the Americas, Europe and Oceania. But the coastal cities of Asia and Africa are more densely populated.
- Seven percent of urban dwellers now reside in the world’s largest mega-cities, whereas experts had previously estimated this number to be around four percent.
So, aren’t cities just amazing? They truly are, so if you have any queries about this, feel free to comment.
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