Loved this spread. I think it’s incredibly accurate and astute. Note that the list doesn’t contain all the cities that come to mind when you think of those iconic places. Paris, Rome, Tokyo, LA, Sydney. Some are on the list: NYC, Hong Kong, London.
Here is the list - kind of grouped oddly and I’m not sure if it’s in order.
Then they separated out specific geopolitical centers
Washington, NYC, Chicago
Sao Paulo/Rio de Janeiro/Brasilia
If you haven’t checked in lately, the future of civilization is in cities and the competition for superiority and success started 15 years ago, but lots of places haven’t, couldn’t or wouldn’t start the competition until now (and certainly others still have yet to more delays in their own starts).
This is a city’s city. It’s planned amazingly, gorgeous, appealing, healthy, clean and primed for success, economically and developmentally. Their position in the middle of the hotbed that is Asia will only continue to prosper. As one of the Asian financial centers, they will also benefit when Shenzen, Hanoi, Manila, Dhaka, Jakarta and others join the fray.
Know nothing about this one. Sounds like a Redmond (Microsoft) to Seattle thing, but with Delhi. Without knowing anything, I think this will likely just be an attribute of the unwritten history of Delhi, yet to come.
Athens and Christchurch also kind of fall under the following… I believe that most people would have omitted these three cities from their lists, probably putting those I mentioned above instead. But here’s the thing about cities (and countries): when a lot of shit happens, it makes change not only inevitable, nay necessary, but the ascent back to normal is larger and thus more remarkable. (It’s why no matter how the countries are doing essentially in Africa, they still usually post large percentage gains to GDP, because there’s no where to go but up.) Let’s argue, then, that if Christchurch didn’t have to implement a major rebuild because of a large earthquake, they probably wouldn’t be making this list and wouldn’t have the chance to show the world if they’re capable of something fresh and new. I don’t know what professors would call it, but this is a pretty typical cycle demonstration that happens with most institutions over time. I think Christchurch will see the most sophisticated change because it’s New Zealand and not Egypt, but the other two will be larger. Don’t forget Cairo is the largest city in Africa.
One thing on Hong Kong: it’s not regular China (food for thought). And the rest about Shenzen: it’s gonna be in the top 10 cities in the world by GDP within the next two decades. Have you heard of Shenzen? Don’t worry, China just decided to make it one day so that factories could complement Hong Kong skyscrapers. It’s gonna be big. Think Boeing Cargo planes.
If you know me you know my affinity for this city. I have one complaint: no freeway. Beyond that, the rest are minor. It’s funny, because you wouldn’t believe that the biggest hindrance to urban development is usually stubborn people, whether denizens or elected officials. Most cities have this problem. Vancouver just seems to be a city that works as a team, when Seattle, say, is still bitching about whether they want diversified mass transit in a world that already has said it’s necessary. Think Copenhagen.
I’m tired now, so I’ll do the other cities tomorrow, but I’ll finish with this:
They missed a few cities. Copenhagen, Shanghai, Doha, Buenos Aires, Seoul.