Analysis Of The Poem ' A Planet Of Slums '

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Winner of the 2006 Ester McCoy Award as well as being named a MacArthur Fellow in 1998, Mike Davis has written over twenty published books as well as hundreds of chapters, excerpts and college journals throughout his career. Urban theorist, historian and political activist, Davis has made quite the name for himself in the urbanist community, especially on the West Coast and Southern Califonia where he has taught classes at multiple universities including UCR and UCI. ( Davis echoes and often cites the work of other great minds: Lewis Mumford, Garret Eckbo and, of course, Karl Marx. Also in 2006, Davis published "A Planet of Slums," a nonfiction novel centered around the world 's dramatic population growth coupled with economic…show more content…
In the past, we had seen rapid growth in European and American cities like London in the early 20th century. Today, however, the growth in Third World cities dwarfs the growth we 've seen in the past. London had seen its greatest population growth from 1800-1910, where it grew seven times larger; today cities like Dhaka, Kinshasa and Lagos have grown up to forty times each in just half of the time. In China, Mike cites David Drakakis-Smith stating that the country is "urbanizing at a speed unprecedented in human history - added more city dwellers in the '80s than did all of Europe and Russia in the entire nineteenth century!" (page 2). At first glance, it can seem completely positive that so many cities are growing rapidly. Perhaps if other cities could match the population of metropolises like Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Osaka or London then perhaps they could mimic their economic success. However, upon further review, there is no correlation between population and gross-domestic-product (GDP). Of the top ten cities in population, only four are also top ten cities in terms of GDP. In fact, rounding out the top ten cities by GDP are the cities San Fransisco and Boston - which are only ranked 35th and 48th in terms of the population respectively. (chart on page 13). These statistics are only from Mike Davis ' book
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