The latest issue of The Economist features a special report on cities. It states that the global population living in cities will pass the 50% mark, if it has not...

The latest issue of The Economist features a special report on cities. It states that the global population living in cities will "pass the 50% mark, if it has not done so already." It goes on to forecast that in the future, 80% of us in the world will be urbanized. What are the implications of this shift?

There is a contrarian view:

No longer do people have to gather round the agora to do their business. Information technology allows them to work wherever they want. Given that they can also get a religious, sporting or cultural fix by turning on the television, and do their shopping as well as their work on the internet, why live in a city?

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