How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World. A powerfully argued work that combines reporting, sociology, economics, and urban studies to show how the migration of workers from villages to urban centers has become one of the most significant forces in the world today.
For the first time in history, there are now more people in the world living in cities than in rural areas, and many of them are clustering on the urban outskirts. Arrival City argues that this incredible movement of peoples, unfolding before our eyes, will be one of the most important trends in the twenty-first century. From Istanbul to Los Angeles, from Warsaw to Shenzhen, China, Doug Saunders shows how the success or failure of the immense communities forming on the fringes of traditional cities is having a profound effect on local, national, and international development.
While this book about urban globalization strikes a cautionary tone, it is actually more hopefully optimistic than many books that address out-of-control slums and the degradation of surrounding landscapes.
â€œSaundersâ€™s approach is through anecdotes and vignettes, but . . . they cumulate into a persuasive whole. . . . Saundersâ€™s practical suggestions for helping immigrants . . . are sure to attract attention. . . . [A] highly readable book.â€ â€”Financial Times
â€œSkilled in both colourful reportage and sustaining a good argument, [Saunders] provides a badly needed progressive and optimistic narrative about our future. . . . This may be the best popular book on cities since Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities. . . . Few books can make rationalists feel optimistic and empowered for the future. [Arrival City] does.â€ â€”The Guardian (London)
â€œArrival City asks that we take a closer look at urbanization before its mismanagement is further mistaken for the thing itself, and to recognize that a citified future is not necessarily a doomed one.â€ â€”NPR
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