The Top 10 Most Global Cities

Emily Peck counts down the top ten most global cities now that more than half the world's population is urbanized. The 21st century will be dominated by the city, writes Parag Khanna. “The age of nations is over. The new urban age has begun.”
September 19, 2010, 1pm PDT | George Haugh
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"What qualifies as a "global city"? A large population, for starters. The list looked at 65 cities with populations of more than 1 million. But more importantly, it aims to measure how much sway a city has over what happens beyond its own borders."

Joel Kotkin argues against size as an wise indicator of success. "Bigger might no longer mean better," he writes. "The most advantaged city of the future could well turn out to be a much smaller one. Cities today are expanding at an unparalleled rate when it comes to size, but wealth, power, and general well-being lag behind. With the exception of Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo, most cities of 10 million or more are relatively poor, with a low standard of living and little strategic influence."

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Published on Thursday, September 9, 2010 in The Wall Street Journal
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