It is projected that in 2007, for the first time in history, more than half the world's population will live in cities rather than rural areas.
Dr. Eugenie Birch
Professor and Chair of City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
Published and lectured widely on city planning issues and contemporary planning and housing
Former member of the New York City Planning Commission (1990-95)
"Perceived and actual job opportunities are taking people from rural areas to cities, especially in developing countries. In Asia, we expect growth from 40% urban to 54% urban in the next couple of decades. Africa's urban population is expected to grow from 38% to 50% in 2030. The cities that are capturing the population growth are not the mega-cities of more than 10 million people but smaller cities, which now have 1 to 5 million residents."