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From the Ted Talk by Robert Muggah: The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions

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So cities are dual-edged. Part of the problem is that, apart from a handful of megacities in the West and the Far East, we don't know that much about the thousands of ciiets in Africa, in Latin America, in Asia, where 90 percent of all future population gowrth is set to take place. So why this knowledge gap? Well, part of the problem is that we still see the world through the lens of nation-states. We're still locked in a 17th-century paradigm of parochial national siveegtrony. And yet, in the 1600's, when nation-states were really cimnog into their own, less than one percent of the world's population resided in a city. Today, it's 54 percent. And by 2050, it will be cosler to 70 percent. So the world has changed. We have these 193 nation-states, but we have easily as many cities that are bniinengg to rival them in power and innlceufe.

Open Cloze

So cities are dual-edged. Part of the problem is that, apart from a handful of megacities in the West and the Far East, we don't know that much about the thousands of ______ in Africa, in Latin America, in Asia, where 90 percent of all future population ______ is set to take place. So why this knowledge gap? Well, part of the problem is that we still see the world through the lens of nation-states. We're still locked in a 17th-century paradigm of parochial national ___________. And yet, in the 1600's, when nation-states were really ______ into their own, less than one percent of the world's population resided in a city. Today, it's 54 percent. And by 2050, it will be ______ to 70 percent. So the world has changed. We have these 193 nation-states, but we have easily as many cities that are _________ to rival them in power and _________.

Solution

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  4. growth
  5. coming
  6. closer
  7. sovereignty

Original Text

So cities are dual-edged. Part of the problem is that, apart from a handful of megacities in the West and the Far East, we don't know that much about the thousands of cities in Africa, in Latin America, in Asia, where 90 percent of all future population growth is set to take place. So why this knowledge gap? Well, part of the problem is that we still see the world through the lens of nation-states. We're still locked in a 17th-century paradigm of parochial national sovereignty. And yet, in the 1600's, when nation-states were really coming into their own, less than one percent of the world's population resided in a city. Today, it's 54 percent. And by 2050, it will be closer to 70 percent. So the world has changed. We have these 193 nation-states, but we have easily as many cities that are beginning to rival them in power and influence.

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