, the Turkish capital, is the second largest city in Turkey with a population exceeding 5 million. The city has been continuously settled
since the Bronze Age
, roughly for 5,000 years. The city was known as "Ankyra" in Greek, which means "anchor".
Between 1960 and 2011, the urban population rate doubled
in Turkey. About 72% of all Turkish citizens now live in cities. In the United States and most of Western Europe, this number is over 80%. Considering that most manufacturing is moving to cheaper-labor countries such as China, it is inevitable that urban populations in the "industrialized" - already urbanized - world are bound to suffer. In fact, that is what we are already beginning to see in Japan, Europe and the United States. A great majority of jobs are not coming back
, and urbanites all over the world are going to be in trouble. A sane person might argue
that we have to be doing the opposite, building self-sufficient distributed communities. But that argument would be "too sane" to bring up. You might also find Deep Ecology
to be a good read.