Cairo's New Megacities

Overcrowding and pollution in Cairo have inspired planners to push out into the desert, raising two brand-new cities out of the sand.

The New York Times reports that the new cities are expected to attract 5 million Cairo residents, relieving overcrowding:

"While the plans are intended to help resolve the problem of overcrowding and the proliferation of illegal slums, critics are worried that the cities will do nothing but transfer the inequalities. Low income housing is part of the planning, but the first low income housing projects are already causing headaches for residents as long commutes and isolation cut into already meager wages.

The cities, named "6 October City" and "New Cairo", already have roughly a million residents each and Egyptian planners expect these populations to grow above 3 million by 2020."

Thanks to Ryan Sloan

Full Story: To Catch Cairo Overflow, 2 Megacities Rise in Sand


Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.