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In Maps, Setting on March 24, 2010 at 9:00 am

Although not my thing, future cities are apt to grow into each other as population expands. A good current examples is the LA Metroplex. Check out this map from I09 for examples from fiction of how the world might look in the future.

As the population expands, and there is no sign we’re slowing down, cities will get larger and with all the urban centers we’ve already got on the east and west coasts, there isn’t anywhere else to go but into each other which means that megacities aren’t so much ideas for fiction as they are just a matter of time.

What I see as more likely in the near term are new megacities. Take a look at this map of Africa from Wikipedia.

The highest population growth areas are in and near Africa. These rates include births, deaths, immigration and emigration numbers. The center of Africa has huge potential for a new megacity within the next 20 years. Another interesting spot is Central America.

By 2025, according to the Far Eastern Economic Review, Asia alone will have at least 10 hypercities, those with 20 million or more, including Jakarta (24.9 million people), Dhaka (25 million), Karachi (26.5 million), Shanghai (27 million) and Mumbai (33 million).[153] Lagos has grown from 300,000 in 1950 to an estimated 15 million today, and the Nigerian government estimates that city will have expanded to 25 million residents by 2015.[154] Chinese experts forecast that Chinese cities will contain 800 million people by 2020.[155]Wikipedia

If you’re not into huge urban centers, take a look at Russia and eastern Europe. They are actually seeing negative numbers for growth. St. Petersburg and Berlin could have swaths of abandoned neighborhoods, tailor-made for the enterprising punk (or villain) to take advantage of.

And the frosting: Concept Art for how these might look in the future.

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