Cities of the future
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Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Alice…
And I’m Neil.
Have you ever played SimCity, Neil – the city-building computer game?
Yes, but I wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t build enough houses, which created a lot of homeless Sims – those are the characters in the game. And then I didn’t deal effectively with a flood…
Really? Well, I suppose managing a city is quite a challenge – which is the subject of today’s show: cities of the future – an important subject as so many of us now live in urban areas. I want to start with our quiz question: What is the percentage of the world’s population that will be living in cities in 2050? We’re dealing with approximates here.
Or c) 70%?
I think that it’s a) 10%.
Well, we’ll find out if you’re right or wrong later on in the show. Now, you’ve encountered a couple of issues that might face urban planners when designing a city, Neil – housing and dealing with a flood. Can you think of any others?
Yes. Having decent cycle lanes. Good transport networks are very important.