Growing Pains for Swelling Cities

The global city-dwelling population is set to climb by 2.5 billion by 2050, with nearly 90% of the growth in lower-income nations in Africa and Asia. Now the challenge is making those cities healthy and habitable.

Population growth is outpacing urban infrastructure, leading to massive, overcrowded slums where epidemics thrive.

There is no quick fix for these growing pains. However, promising moves include establishing and enforcing land rights, promoting investment in formal housing, and establishing a tax base and stronger local government.  

Council on Foreign Relations

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