Cities are Many Different Creatures


Thinking about the liveability of cities makes me wonder in what ways cities are similar enough to each other for us to compare them to each other, not to mention their liveability.

By virtue of size and significance, it is common that one differentiates between primate cities and secondary cities. According to recognised definitions, the former are those that are at least twice as large as the next largest city in the nation (or contains over one-third of a nation’s population), are usually very expressive of the national culture and are usually the national capital1. For Malaysia, that would be KL, including its surroundings, of course.

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