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Primate Cities Principal city overwhelmingly large in contrast to all other cities in country Most primate cities developed from European colonialism Export oriented towards European cities; hinterlands ignored Dominates nation economically, educationally, politically, & socially Loss of services, investment, power for hinterlands Overurbanization? Concept that too large a portion of the nation’s population resides in cities for nation’s level of economic development Perhaps rapid growth of cities reflects positive sign of social & economic development Cities as place for change; lower birth & death rates; opportunities for women; increased literacy & education; economic potential Modernization versus traditional lifestyles
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21 ST CENTURY Cities in the developing world are going to continue to grow Squatter settlements are unavoidable Urban infrastructure will remain inadequate Political instability may be a serious problem in some countries
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