Many cities in different parts of the world, such as Istanbul, London, Moscow, Tokyo, Delhi or Beijing, have something in common. Each of these “big cities” is home to millions of people. However, the growth of the world’s population and technological opportunities are changing traditional urban structures. Large cities in some parts of the world are growing, “absorbing” smaller cities around them! On the other hand, with the advent of the concept of “megacities” on the agenda, the definition of “big cities” seems to be changing!
Because metropolis refers to cities that go far beyond the traditional definitions of “size”. Africa is preparing to build the first ever real metropolis in the coming years! The city is planned to be inhabited by 500 million people! As a matter of fact, the geographical structure of this huge city will be slightly different from traditional cities. Let’s look at the details together…
The increase in the world’s population leads to a change in human settlements.
Of course, economic, social and cultural development also affects the change in traditional urban structures. Today, major cities in some parts of the world are absorbing the cities around them and are constantly expanding. A large number of people settle in metropolitan centers for various reasons, and for this reason some small cities articulate with large ones, taking their place on the dusty shelves of history.
Africa is one of the regions where this situation is most prevalent. Because there are incredible differences in Africa in many ways, even between cities that are physically very close to each other. That is why many Africans are much more willing to leave their small town and start living in the metropolis. However, Africa is the region with the highest population growth in the world. The imperatives of high population growth are also playing a major role in the staggering urban change in Africa.
Today Africa is home to 17% of the world’s population.
But, according to the UN, by 2100, 40 percent of the world’s population will live in Africa! So in the coming period, Africa really needs big cities! The authorities, realizing this need, have already begun preparations for decades. The world’s first real metropolis is being built in Africa…
The metropolis, the construction of which has begun, is designed for 500 million people!
Preparations for the first real metropolis in history have already begun. Construction plans include the construction of luxury hotels, shopping malls, residential areas, plazas, skyscrapers and more in different regions of Africa. However, those who want to live in this huge city will have to wait a bit. Because it is stated that the metropolis will be completed only at the beginning of the next century! Considering the incredible size of the city, it can be said that the construction time was reasonable…
An incredible amount of money has already been allocated to a huge African city.
For example, it is claimed that the construction of just one motorway between the beginning and end of the city will cost 12.6 billion pounds. In addition, it is claimed that a large amount of resources are allocated to develop business opportunities in the giant city and turn various parts of the city into a tourist attraction.
Megapolis will rise on the lands of 5 different African countries and many cities of these countries.
Megapolis will be created on a wide geography from the city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire to the capital of Nigeria, Lagos. The city, which is planned to be built along the coastline in Africa, will rise above the lands of the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin. Therefore, many coastal cities in Africa, such as Takoradi, Accra, Pramram, Lome and Cotonou, will become part or territory of the new metropolis. Accordingly, some cities on the African coast will merge into metropolitan areas. Today, however, some extremely abandoned African settlements will become populated areas such as New York or Beijing.
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