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Why What is Where: The Digital Knowledge Source for AP Human Geography
Curated by Allison Anthony
The growth of China's massive population has slowed in recent years, but migration to urban areas has increased, with almost half of China's 1.3 billion people living in or near cities. A booming economy, government housing initiatives, infrastructure programs, and private real estate speculation have all driven construction to record levels. New apartment, office, and government buildings regularly rise up over older neighborhoods, and thousands have relocated to modern housing complexes. The blend of old and new Chinese architecture is ever-present in cities and villages, as older buildings are torn down and newer ones built at ever faster rates.-The Atlantic
Out with the old, in with the new! These are great photographs of China's new architectural style that is rapidly replacing its traditional one, making room for its millions who are constantly flocking towards urban life and the hope of opportunity - if they can afford it.-AA
In a city that once stood for the American Dream, with a population of almost 2 million in 1950, the stark reality of economic and demographic changes have left this city a ghost town, unable to provide adequate basic services for its now 720,000 residents - 20,000 of which are homeless. There are a few possible solutions on the table, but can they bring the city back from the ashes without further displacing those left in the ruins? - AA
With little work and high birth rates, urban areas may not be able to absorb climate migrants, experts warn. Most of the current urban growth is now from natural increase rather than migration into the cities from rural areas, as it has been in the past.
Once regarded as the archetypal banana republic, the Central American republic of Honduras has become known as a classic basket case – with all due respect, as they say. Troubles with high crime and poverty have led to experimentation with investments for privately run cities, set up as models for development and run semi-autonomously.
In the nation's capital, park planners have drawn up an ambitious plan to transform an old bridge into an active recreation space. If realized, the park would offer a physical and symbolic link between two very different communities. This creates a public space for pedestrians where only cars once travelled, repurposing an existing structure.