Monday, June 23, 2014

7 Misconceptions about Urbanization

George Martine (former president of the Brazilian Association for Population Studies ABEP) was the lead author of the UN Population Fund's (UNFPA) report State of World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth.

In this seminarMartine discussed seven common misconceptions about urbanization (ht Eduardo Marandola).

  1. Urbanization is inherently bad
  2. Most urban growth occurs in mega cities
  3. Urban growth comes mainly from migration to cities
  4. Rural-Urban migration can and should be stopped
  5. The poor are a marginal minority in cities
  6. Cities occupy a huge amount of land area
  7. As a whole, urbanization inevitably harms the environment

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