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IGCSE Geography - Revision guide: Urban Areas - Issues

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Las Vegas urban sprawl

Global slum crisis


Photofeature on Mumbai, Istanbul, Shanghai

Streets Ahead

As more people now live in cities than in rural areas, what are the implications ? Read from this article in Guardian UK, 2007

Global slum crisis

Photo feature

Photo feature about urbanization - examples of Mumbai, Shanghai, Istanbul.  

click on image to see individual photos and read the article

Urbanization Issues

Urbanization in LEDCs - Dharavi

Read from this article about the life and experiences of 6 different individuals who call Dharavi 'home'

Las Vegas - Urban sprawl

Urban Youth

What do young people living in cities think ? 

The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in its history. The 3 billion population of towns and cities in 2005 will increase by 1.8 billion by 2030. The urban population of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa will double in less than a generation. 

Read more in this article from UNFPA (UN Population Fund). Read about the views and lives of 7 young people from across the globe.


Cities, large and small, are at the heart of a fast changing global economy—they are a cause of, and a response to world economic growth. 
  • 3.3 billion people live in cities.
  • 60% of all people will live in cities by 2030.
  • Almost 180,000 people move into cities each day
  • Lack of housing 
  • Lack of infrastructure services
  • Lack of property rights