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Where the 'Fragile Cities' Are

A new data visualization reveals the urban areas around the world that are struggling to keep it together.
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Igarapé Institute

What makes a city fragile?

There are eleven factors that “undermine metropolitan capacity and legitimacy,” according to a global ranking devised by the creators of this new world map of 2,100 cities that have more 250,000 or more residents. Some have their hands full with local issues like crime, unemployment, and pollution; others are grappling with the consequences of war, unable to provide even the most basic services required for the safety and well-being of their residents. Still others face threats from climate change and weather-related disasters.