A Europe of city-states

This neat map presents Europe not as a collection of countries but as a diagram of its largest cities; the accompanying post argues that large cities effectively transcend their host nations and will become the 21st century's geopolitical order.
not all urban areas are growing at the same speed — or are growing at all. All of Italy's and Greece's urban centres are losing inhabitants, as are the Ruhr and Katowice, Ostrava and Bucharest. Biggest winners? Istanbul and Ankara, plus two other Turkish cities, and Brussels and Amsterdam — all gaining more than 2 percent p.a. Growing more modestly, at 1 percent, are the English and Scandinavian cities

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  1. How come Leeds is labeled as "Bradford"?

  2. Why isn't Constantinople on that list?

  3. I was similarly surprised to see Bradford on this map. They do have the media museum (or whatever it is) there. And wasn't the beeb relocating there?

    As an American living in Paris and then London, I was surprised how very very centralised France and England are. This is getting worse in the UK, and it's not good for the country. I went to a gig last night at a funky arts venue, which I was excited about and learned it's due to get turned into flats. Over centralisation will turn London into a sea of luxury flats with an impoverished outer ring. This does not improve anyone's quality of life. It's copying everything that's bad about Paris whilst skipping the good bits.

    What I like about being in London is being in the centre of things, but this would be obviously better if there were more, other centres. I don't want to be stuck in a sea of flats with nothing to do but work and weekend engineering work shutting down all transport at the weekend. This projected future is grim.

  4. So now it's now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople?

  5. It'll always be Byzantium to me.

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