Urbanization News May 13

This week’s featured articles are two more critiques of common city rankings.  One is from Ed Glaeser’ Economix Blog and the other is from Edwin Heathcote at The Financial Times.  Both pieces interestingly enough have similar arguments to our recent posts City Index Part 1 & Part 2.

Edwin Heathcote Liveable v lovable:  Ricky Burdett, who founded the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme, says: “These surveys always come up with a list where no one would want to live. One wants to live in places which are large and complex, where you don’t know everyone and you don’t always know what’s going to happen next. Cities are places of opportunity but also of conflict, but where you can find safety in a crowd. Read more from the Financial Times.

Ed Glaeser What Rankings Show About Cities: I’m personally ill-suited to make such lists, in part because I tend to get swept away with the excitement of any city that I’m in or thinking about. To paraphrase the great Yip Harburg, when I’m not near the city I love, I love the city I’m near.  Read more from The New York Times.

MyCiTi receives rave reviews in Capetown  This week Capetown’s Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) system (aka Bus Rapid Transit), called MyCiTi, officially began service.

The new MyCiTi bus service received rave reviews from commuters when it officially took to the road for the first time on the route from Table View to Cape Town on Monday. “I used to sit in traffic for two hours. I’d be on the freeway at 6.15am and would only get into town about 7.30am or 7.45am. I’m falling in love with the bus already,” said De Kock. Read more here.

Latin America’s Housing Bubble  While China seems to be attracting the most attention as the potential next big property bubble, the Economist highlights a potential problem in Latin America this week.

The dreadful example from elsewhere of what can happen next has led some to fear a Latin American housing bust. But—for now, at least—the new, higher values look firm. For one thing, they are in the main restricted to hotspots: the best areas in the biggest cities of the boomiest economies, or close to mega-developments.  Read more from the Economist.

Japan’s 2010 Census Results Reports about Japan as an aging population are not  new news, but the results of the 2010 census show some other interesting trends about overall population growth and urbanization patterns.

The  census of Japan, conducted every five years, however, still continues to show slight population growth, with 288,000 people having been added between 2005 and 2010. This growth was so small that the nation of Japan added fewer people than seven US metropolitan areas… Since 1970, 56 percent of Japan’s growth has been in the Kanto region, which includes Tokyo.  Read more from NewGeography.


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