As our population increases, the compact city is the only sustainable way of living. Growing populations mean higher-density cities; and it is generous and well-designed public space that makes density work and distinguishes the compact city from the crammed city. Economic prosperity takes root in good streets and squares, as much if not more than it does in our airports and offices. A city like London, one of the most expensive in the world, will never be able to compete with the megacities of emerging economies on the basis of cost, but it can offer something far less easily imitated or transplanted—the quality of urban life that will attract the most creative minds, and act as a magnet for students, tourists and businesses from across the world.” Richard Rogers on London (Prospect)


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