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Asia must rethink its cities to make the most of urbanization

Detailed maps, better transport and affordable homes are vital for growth

| China

Cities have always played a central role in economic development by bringing workers and entrepreneurs together, spurring innovation and sharing resources such as infrastructure more efficiently.

This should be good news for developing Asia: by 2050, the U.N. projects there will be 3 billion people living in the region's towns and cities, almost two-thirds of the continent's population. This is up from 1.8 billion, or about half the population, in 2017.

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