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April 22, 2016
Parag Khanna on Mega-Cities and Connectography

My friend Parag Khanna’s newest book, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, has hit the stands. I’ll write more on the book shortly but in the meantime, check out Parag’s latest piece in Quartz on megacities, not nations, as the world’s enduring structures. I love the map he created of mega-cities worldwide and their relative economic heft, reminding us that “within many emerging markets such as Brazil, Turkey, Russia, and Indonesia, the leading commercial hub or financial center accounts for at least one-third or more of national GDP.” But it’s not just emerging markets. “In the UK, London accounts for almost half Britain’s GDP. And in America, the Boston-New York-Washington corridor and greater Los Angeles together combine for about one-third of America’s GDP.”

I would also add Seoul to the mix, accounting for more than one-third of South Korea’s GDP.

I was also glad to see that Parag included the “Abu Dubai” corridor penned by my friend Mishaal Gergawi of the Delma Institute.

Check out the piece in Quartz here