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Getting housing back onto the development agenda in the time of COVID-19

Ahead of this year’s World Habitat Day themed ‘Housing for All’, David Satterthwaite sets out why adequate housing is fundamental for health, safety, inclusion in society, and access to employment and services – and for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

No one wants to live in a tiny illegal shack with no piped water, no sanitation, no public services and at high risk of eviction. But for hundreds of millions of people, this is the only affordable option. Low-income workers and service providers on whom city economies depend usually live in the worst housing.

How regional and national capital cities influence urban change

David Satterthwaite discusses how building government institutions in capital cities contributes to urban change.

Cities have always been associated with centres of political power. Most of the world’s 100 largest cities in 2020 are either national capitals or capitals for the next tier of government – state or provincial. Most have been important cities for centuries.

The global geography of world cities

Various lists and indicators are used to determine which cities are deemed ‘world cities’. David Satterthwaite examines four lists of different indicators and discusses which cities come out on top.

What are termed ‘world’ cities or ‘global’ cities command and control the world economy, and are centres for transnational corporations (TNCs). They are mostly among the world’s wealthy cities; if not, they are at least among the wealthiest in their nation.


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