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Megacities Focused on Growth and Infrastructure

According to a report sponsored by MRC McLean Hazel, Ltd., and Siemens AG, decision makers in megacities (cities with populations over 10 million) are focused primarily on economic growth and transportation infrastructure. Over 500 experts in 25 cities were interviewed for the report, which found that, although city planners and officials are concerned about environmental issues, they are likely to ignore such concerns, especially in the developing world, in favor of economic growth. Fifty-five percent of respondents in developing countries said that their cities would sacrifice environmental concerns in favor of growth, compared to 14% of respondents in more mature cities. However, many respondents reported a focus on improving mass transit. The full report is available for download at (search for “megacity challenges”).

Published March 6, 2007

Wendt, A. (2007, March 6). Megacities Focused on Growth and Infrastructure. Retrieved from

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