Istanbul: mega-city

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19 Feb 2007

I have not made any entries in the last few days as I have been on holiday in Istanbul. In that time a lot has happened which I hope to catch up on including a piece by Martin Wolf in the Financial Times on American inequality and the Unicef report on child well-being. But Istanbul itself is worth commenting on. In recent years it has grown enormously with a vast migration from the countryside to the city. It now qualifies as a “mega-city” as it has more than 10 million people. Over time an increasingly large number of the world’s population will live in such conurbations. This development should be welcomed rather than derided.