How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live | Society | The Observer

January 28, 2012

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How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live

The rapid increase in the number of cities home to more than 10 million people will bring huge challenges … and opportunities

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Paul Webster in Chengdu and Jason Burke in Delhi

guardian.co.uk, Saturday 21 January 2012 22.52 GMT

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Tianfu Square in the centre of Chengdu, one of China’s fastest growing cities. Photograph: Ed Freeman/Getty Images

Amid a clutter of 24-hour arc lights, gigantic cranes and dumper trucks, a behemoth is rising out of a field of churned mud on the outskirts of Chengdu in south-west China. Commuters skirt its vast perimeter fence on their way to the new metro link that cuts under the city. They barely glance at what looks like just another huge construction project in a cityscape that changes every month.

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