Urbanization of the Earth

Archive Report

Urban Effects of Population Implosion

Fast Pace of Urban Growth Around the World

Throughout the world cities and towns are growing at a pace that far outstrips the population increase of the countryside. Rapid and widespread urbanization adds another dimension to man's already serious population problem. The issue is not merely one of numbers, but of distribution. Excessive crowding brings a multitude of urban ills—air and water pollution, traffic jams, housing shortages and crime. Perhaps worst of all is the apparent inability of governments to deal with such problems.

It can be argued that the major crises facing man, from environmental pollution to crime and violence to poverty, are all related in some way to the groundswell of urbanization. Paradoxically, as human society becomes more and more ...

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