Cities evolve organically and over time; they can’t be built overnight

Published on 15 April 2012 in The Daily Nation by Rasna Warah

What came first, the city or its inhabitants? Urbanists will tell you that cities were built after people decided to settle there. In other words, people came first, cities followed.

Most cities began as small settlements that grew over time. Some of the world’s largest cities started off as fishing villages or small ports, and then grew as their economies started linking to regional and international trade. Continue reading