16. AP8 Questions about Cities

Cities are a com­pli­cat­ed and fas­ci­nat­ing sub­ject. They pose end­less ques­tions. For exam­ple, as indi­vid­u­als, are our life oppor­tu­ni­ties more defined by par­tic­u­lar cities than par­tic­u­lar coun­tries? How much loy­al­ty and sweat should we invest in a par­tic­u­lar city? What makes a good city? How impor­tant is it for a city to be well-known, and what can they do about it? The UN lists 4,416 cities in the world with a pop­u­la­tion of over 150,000. The biggest (Tokyo and Jakar­ta) have over 30 mil­lion peo­ple. Cities usu­al­ly want to be “rec­og­nized” to attract some kind of advan­tage, usu­al­ly eco­nom­ic. Is this kind of ‘city exhi­bi­tion­ism’ a waste of time? .. and more ques­tions that you can think of.