Christian Long

Robert Neuwirth: Our “Shadow Cities”

In TED Talks on May 4, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Reflection by AMBER W.

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Robert Neuwirth:  Our “Shadow Cities”

Robert Neuwirth made me realize the importance of the poor communities in many of the mid-eastern countries. He stressed that not only are these communities important to society but they are growing and will someday be the cities of tomorrow.

I find it interesting that more than 1.5 million people move from the rural to urban areas of these countries every year. Its just mind boggling that these communities can grow and increase there population size by this much. I do find it quite scary though, when Robert read a few pages from his book he said, “Once you move into this community, you’ll never go back.” This shows just how powerful these cities can become. If one city develops and over populates the actual main cities of one country it can drastically mess up the economy, society, and political structure. It is also very interesting though knowing just how much freedom the people of theses communities really have. They don’t have to worry about their lives being run by the government but just simply live how they want to.

I also believe that the transformation of these communities will be good for society. Many people are developing high knowledge of architecture and design when developing these new homes. Also it allows the communities to really cherish what they have and what they’ve worked for. Its quite impressive how these poor, urban citizens have obtained the knowledge and skill to build these homes and structures. The poor make up the majority of the population of every community, and as the poor become smarter and more intelligent, the entire society will as well. This will help develop more successful and prosperous communities.


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