densiest cities

23 Nov

london 00.53am 3.5C monday 2015

i was so sleepy at about 6pm (yesterday, seeing it has just turned today) that i went to sleep and woke up at 10pm. so i am wide awake now. it is one of the joys of not needing to work, i can sleep whenever i like. i saw this in my reader about delhi showing in a picture how dense it is. then i saw the link to wikipedia about list of densiest cities in the world, manila is number one, with the philippines taking the top 3 places. in fact, manila is a unique case, not only is it listed top of the list , but 2 of its suburbs are listed 2nd and 3rd. so many people crowded in such a small area.

 but what is interesting is that paris have 4 suburbs in the top 10. those places have densities that we associate with slum cities in third world countries. how did it happen in a first world city like paris?

if u were to go to paris as a tourist, you would never have suspected it. it is only now that i see this list did it strike me.

though we must allow for the fact that it was selective parts of paris that fit the category… whilst for the other examples, they were whole cities. so u could argue that if u start cherry picking… selecting only the most crowded parts of a small part of a city, you can always find some parts that are very densely populated. yet rio de janeiro, which has a well known favela area dont appear in the list. 


2 Responses to “densiest cities”

  1. Sarah M Monday November 23, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Well tourists in Paris rarely go beyond the periphery road, and that’s where all the population dense areas are and where they have riots every few years. That’s what makes Paris so different from London really; they put their poor areas tucked away where nobody sees them whereas in London you can stroll from the richest part of London to one of the poorest estates in minutes sometimes.
    It is surprising that they are so high up on the scale though.

    • alifesgayventure Monday November 23, 2015 at 9:08 am #

      i think that is why i like london, it is more mixed… in terms of rich and poor; with no obvious slum areas. i daresay they exist in london but it is not obvious.

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