So here we are, at the end of 2012.
Speaking as the editors of UBM's Future Cities, we are thrilled to have concluded 2012 by launching this site, and we are eager to begin 2013 in the midst of this thriving conversation about global cities.
As we usher in the coming year, we do so knowing that cities the world-over face immense challenges in dealing with the environmental impacts of a changing climate; the strain placed on infrastructure and the urban environment as a whole by a growing population; the IT struggles faced by cities seeking to become connected; and much more.
That's why we're ending this year by calling out the 13 Cities to Watch in 2013. We've made our selection carefully, choosing cities that are watch-worthy because of interesting and innovative initiatives they're undertaking in the year ahead, or because of challenges they will need to overcome in order to survive and serve as examples for other urban environments. Our choices are listed below, in no particular order. Feel free to click one by one, in order... or out of order if you're feeling especially wild.
As always, we invite and welcome your feedback. Feel we've missed a city to watch? Disagree with our choices? Or simply want to give us a virtual pat on the back for doing an unbelievably excellent job? Please join the conversation down on the message board.
In the meantime, we present 13 Cities to Watch in 2013:
- 1: New York, NY
- 2: Barcelona, Spain
- 3: Moscow, Russia
- 4: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- 5: Dharavi (Mumbai), India
- 6: Vancouver, British Columbia
- 7: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 8: Santiago, Chile
- 9: Abuja, Nigeria
- 10: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- 11: Chengdu, China
- 12: Belfast (Northern Ireland), UK
- 13: Christchurch, New Zealand
— Mary Jander, Managing Editor; and Nicole Ferraro, Editor in Chief, UBM's Future Cities
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