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Why Cities Exist

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ScaryDragon (26 minutes ago)
A fourth lmao
Kevin Clemens (11 hours ago)
#luxembourg wtf we dont have a city and we dont have any buildings higher then 120m xD real city begins with 200m buildings no skyline no city^^ :O :P
Kendoro Deljo (13 hours ago)
"AT&T competes in Düsseldorf." Lol wat
Spcki de Spock Spock (15 hours ago)
7:16 What was that for a Deutsche
Matias Sebastian (1 day ago)
38 dolar per sq foot in Manhattan? I did not get it.
iLopez (3 days ago)
Madrid has near 3 million habs, that´s more tan Paris
MetaPat (3 days ago)
You said Paris was the 2nd largest city in Europe with 2.2m people but then cited Berlin as having 3.5m?
United Kingdom Mapping (4 days ago)
Google and Nokia aren't in Dusseldorf.
Allen Wang (4 days ago)
Wendover: "Paris, with 2.2 million people, is still the second most populated city in Europe." Wendover, later: "Berlin, with 2.5 million people, is the largest city in Germany."
Tsohg Repins 47 (5 days ago)
Can your next video be on Why men have penises and girls have vaginas? LMAO
Mai Hujpynis (10 days ago)
"similar to how animals live" we're animals. get off our high *horse*
Dr Scrubbington (11 days ago)
Wait, you just said Paris is the second-largest city in Europe with 2.2m residents, but then shortly afterwards you showed Berlin with 3.5m? Also, Moscow is larger than London by 3 million people, which is technically still in Europe, but Russia's basically it's own continent so I guess that one can slide.
U Haul (13 days ago)
Citays existed for county seats and transportation hubs. Aside from that, gentrification has skyrocketed rent to $3,500+/month in any technopolis.
Jamaly - Divider and Conqueror (13 days ago)
for the first time I noticed many errors. =/
Salalalla Salalalala (14 days ago)
Moscow is the largest city in Europe is moscow
Charles Cuttaz (16 days ago)
So Berlin is ranked 2 in Europe 😅
Jamie Harte (18 days ago)
We were farming waaaay before 3000bc. Look at gobekli tepe built at 13,000 years ago and could not have been built without an organised work force/use of agriculture etc
Razzy1312 (18 days ago)
Cities suck. Don't get me wrong - They are very interesting, exciting, and you can explore one almost indefinitely. They are fun to visit, but if I lived in one I'd go crazy. Crowds everywhere. Trash everywhere. Traffic and noise everywhere. And mostly crowds everywhere. The sheer amount of interaction with people required in city life would drive me crazy. I just can't deal with it. It really depends on the city I guess. Some cities can feel like suburbs and some feel like a hell of human congestion.
turist da (19 days ago)
3:50 damn, if you can’t get the top cities by population right, then every other statement said in this video is even more questionable.
czaryone (19 days ago)
Cities are efficient and cost effective but the city life is sickness. Bigger block with higher amount of squeezed people the higher crime rate there is. People living in a villages are calm and friendly, trusty and more open. In cities we pass thousandths of people each day and most can't see further then tip of their nose. People are fighting each other think they are better one from another. It's crazy fast pace rat race. It's easy to get lost and forget true human nature. Go to the mountains, to the fountains where green grass and trees grow - see how you feel there.
ItsaDigitalHamster!! (19 days ago)
Well, no, you can’t just put everyone in cities because someone still needs to work in farming to produce the food that people are gonna eat
Adam Thornton (19 days ago)
Yeah, we definitely had languages before we had cities.
beachbum111111 (20 days ago)
This video is all fancy but gets so many facts wrong it's baffling.
J Vilander (20 days ago)
Why does existence exist???
Enigma Seeker (20 days ago)
I made a video about the Garden of Eden, which might be a real place that kick started civilization. Check it out on my channel.
Zatra Vodean (20 days ago)
11:00 Smith's theory on comparative advantage.
Enigma Seeker (20 days ago)
I made a video about the Garden of Eden, which might be a real place that kick started civilization. Check it out on my channel.
Matthew Reid (21 days ago)
There are some huge inaccuracies in this video that concern me greatly as it implies other areas could have errors. The largest city in the world today (excluding metropolitan areas) is definitely not London. Many cities in China have far larger populations and historically the largest cities often alternated between Tokyo, Mexico City, and New York City. There were also errors in the narrator’s designation of certain places that other commenters have noticed.
gtas321 (21 days ago)
This title made me lol
Peter Smythe (21 days ago)
WRT Qatar, who exactly is their population? The citizens? Or the majority, who are not citizens but migrant workers used as a source of slave labor?
gspice (22 days ago)
but then why are cities in the NE corridor so big and close together? huh?
Francis Raposo (22 days ago)
10:20, The guy almost tipped it the wrong way
Davi Soares Alves (23 days ago)
One of the best videos I've seen
GuruOnNet (23 days ago)
I wonder why the origin, history and evolution of cities was not even touched upon
William Barzgar (28 days ago)
Moscow is bigger than london by 2 million people
DremeHak (30 days ago)
vsauce zipf
StaRMaestroS (1 month ago)
Paris 2.2 million ? London 8.78 ? Pretty sure that's false
Aishik Panja (1 month ago)
Moscow is the largest city in Europe
Aries The Ram (1 month ago)
Here's the comment section summarized : - "The populations are incorrect" - "You wrote Cologne twice" - Airplane jokes - "Wendover Productions is a fucking retard" There, I just saved you 45 minutes of scrolling, PAY ME
Jonnie Trash (1 month ago)
Berlin (Germany) hast 3.6 as of 2017. More than Paris, amiright?
Crasher360 (1 month ago)
i just wouldn't really want to live in a big city its to crowded and the air is crap and its just plane ugly except at night, like i would want to look out of my window and not see just concrete this is just my opinion
Ted Woo (1 month ago)
The largest city is Moscow today!
legion999 (1 month ago)
"no-key-ah"
Mr. Travel (1 month ago)
Cities exist so people can live
OutlawedPixels (1 month ago)
London isn't Europe's largest city, it's Moscow, unless you are counting Istanbul, then that is even bigger.
Cool Dog (1 month ago)
Id rather live in a town than a city anyway though
ProPork3455 (1 month ago)
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Wunder.Hund (1 month ago)
It should really be noted that those three richest countries in the beginning are also notorious tax havens. Makes you wonder whether their wealth is cause or effect of urbanisation.
Philip Leitch (1 month ago)
Facts about historic farming are wrong. City size nitpicks. Many countries have cities that are 90% one city, others have many large cities at equivalent sizes.
Jacob Williams (1 month ago)
5:00 It's the language word use graph all over again! (Context: every language, even ones that we can decipher, follows that rule. "The" is the most used English word, and then it is "Be". "Be" is used 1/2 as many times as "The". This goes on forever until the least used word.) EDIT: 5:39 oh he said it...
syahran ulya (1 month ago)
because there's more food and more people who came to buy the food, then you need people to help make the food and keep track of the sale and then you need houses for people to live in and then there's more people and they invent things which makes things better and then more people come and then there's more farming and more people to make more things for more people
Know How (1 month ago)
the largest city in Europe is Istanbul followed by Moscow, London is the 3rd largest and Paris is the 9th
Gent Maloku (1 month ago)
The biggest city in Europe is not London, it's Istanbul with 12 million people :)
Jedd Gayanilo (1 month ago)
Of course, Detroit’s deterioration has nothing to do with being run by Democrats.
Leonardo Ibarra (1 month ago)
São Paulo in Brazil has 12.1 million inhabitants.
reeser (1 month ago)
Dude, you need to learn how to pronounce country names. Liechtenstein, Burundi, etc. Your content is great but your pronunciation is amateur.
Catherine Pinard (1 month ago)
Nope. Now, the biggest city in Europe is neither London nor Paris, it's Moscow (except if you count Istanbul to be in Europe, which it is only partially). And London is not exactly bigger than Paris, though, it really depends on who you ask (and if you ask me, Paris is bigger).
Aidan Penaherrera (1 month ago)
Why does existence exist
SpeedofShadows (1 month ago)
What is the location at 10:14 in the video?
Michael Paliden (1 month ago)
The major force working against you doing things is the proximity of other humans The major force working toward human power is working with other humans prior to large scale internet this ment cities/towns
The Yangem (1 month ago)
3:50 Sorry, fail there. Moscow is the largest city in Europe London: 8 million Moscow: 11 million Keep in mind, that moscow wasnt always first. During the soviet and Tsarist era, Moscow and St. Petersberg were often the best places to live since better jobs and easier access to food. So when Rural life was almost impossible in the harsh Russian winters, people flocked to cities just to live.
Hans Peter (1 month ago)
3:54 how does paris remain second if berin (as shown even in the video itself about maybe a half a minute or so later) has 3.5 Million inhabitants, while Paris has 2.2 Million?
Captain Smiley The Dog (1 month ago)
The beauty of Capitalism and the Economy.
Street dogg (1 month ago)
Interesting.... Liked and Subscribed!
Hayden Cutrone (1 month ago)
The further away in the gta from toronto its samller population far away
Hayden Cutrone (1 month ago)
Iive 45 min from toronto and 15 min from a city so I live in the gta so I tecnicly live in a city
Hayden Cutrone (1 month ago)
Its better to live in a suburb and not even one hour from a city
The Spicy Anteater (1 month ago)
If natural selection happens then why do people chose to live in North Dakota
MrTheMan (1 month ago)
In Australia, Sydney and Melbourne have roughly the same populations at about 4.8M each. Brisbane and Perth have roughly 2M each, Adelaide has about 1.6M and the Gold Coast has around 600K. You can see the pattern of population but it almost seems to work in twos.
Flagdrop (1 month ago)
wait am i just being stupid or did i miss something? you said that paris was the 2nd largest city in europe (2.2m) but then later in the video you said berlin had 3.5m?
Brian [O] (1 month ago)
I think cities are like a supreme tribe.
Stuart Morrow (1 month ago)
3:05 We already had language..
Patrickhh (1 month ago)
It is because of ENGLAND
Nora Die H0e (1 month ago)
The ratio of cities doesnt comply with my home country. Austria. Biggest City has about 1,9 million inhabitants. 2nd only has 280 thousand inhabitants. :o
Interneter (1 month ago)
1 acre = 1 person's food for life?
Horyzon (1 month ago)
If we spread ourselfs evenly we’d get 5 acres each eh? So who gets the sahara?
Joe Smith (1 month ago)
Doesn't a site like Göbekli Tepe challenge the traditional narrative of Hunter-Gatherer>Farming>Civilization/Settlement/Advancement?
Gwendolyn Schraube (1 month ago)
The video is well made, but it leaves out the main reason for the existence of cities. Populations need energy and material (nitrogen, phosphorus, and basically everything our body is made of) to exist. In agricultural societies both of these ressources come from farming (energy: sun>photosynthesis by plants>chemical energy>humans eating those as calories; material: comes from the soil>plants>human bodies). But through the industrial revolution both are replaced by fossils. Fossil energy is coal at first, later oil. (Of course we cant eat that, but the horses, which pull the chariots can, as well as coal-run machines take over many fields of manual labour) Furthermore fossils also replace the material base. Throughout the 19th century fertilizers not from the soil, but from geological depots are brought on the fields. They can therefore grow a much higher amount of crops and therefore feed more people. They made cities possible. Looking at charts of fossil fuels and materials being available at a certain place, the numbers are parallel to the population growth. THIS is the real basis of cities. Its also important to bear in mind that *all* our wealth and prosperity is built of fossils and as they are limited, we will need to find ways to re-use all of them. Just saying.
Endermaster54 (2 months ago)
3:43 umm, Moscow?
Manmeet Singh (2 months ago)
I am a minus
Osman Chan (2 months ago)
cheap and faster
Милан Пиперски (2 months ago)
1 persons work = 1 persons food? Are you serious? My friend produces food using only his hands for +4 people, by himself. People dont know anything, most of people watching this are living in flats all their life, they dont even know their amazing capacities, I produced last year enough tomato for whole year for my family, and I barely worked, no machines.
msei ksby (2 months ago)
best video i ve ever watched in youtube. Thank you it is a masterpiece from south Korea, Busan
msei ksby (2 months ago)
and dont think much about statistics nazis. istanbul? moscow? is it that important?
John Rhodes (2 months ago)
I thought the largest city in europe was Istanbul or does it not count
Albert Iskandar (2 months ago)
Frankfurt u write cologne bruh
the phoenix 315 (2 months ago)
Why are hillier areas more affluent than flatter areas?
Miszter Maystro (2 months ago)
You are wrong! Today Europe's largest city is Istanbul and 2nd largest city is Moscow. London is just the 3rd
Paul Bekaert (2 months ago)
2nd largest city in Europe is Berlin.
Maga DzhabraFTW (2 months ago)
3:45, isn't Moscow the most populous city now? With a population over 10 million?
Soumen Bhattacharya (2 months ago)
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4thImpulse (2 months ago)
This is so freaking interesting. Math of residence
xp xp (2 months ago)
you are describing the game SimCity
Alpha Pichu (2 months ago)
5:22 Frankfürt =/= Cologne
Andreas Der Grand (2 months ago)
What happened to Moscow with more than 10 million ppl? Talking about the largest cities in Europe... London maybe, but Paris...please. Kiev, Ukraine has a population of 3 million. As a european, I just can't take this kind of bs lightly. I don't want to be a jerk, but the info is inaccurate.
Gold Productions (2 months ago)
Why did you say Qatar is the richest? No, UAE is...
Isabella Evamara (2 months ago)
you say no one is forcing people to move to cities but as more and more jobs and businesses move there more and more people feel they have no choice but to move there as well and it becomes a self perpetuating problem... no one wants to locate in rural areas or towns because all the people and jobs are in the cities so more businesses and people move to the cities... but without someone choosing to put a good paying business in a rural area or town no one else will and all the myths perpetuate. Modern models of Management in general are far better then the ones used from the 1930s to the 1950s but one thing they got right back then was where to locate headquarters offices factories warehouses and just facilities in general.. in business in the USA at that time it was typical that if you could only have one headquarters/main office you would either locate it in new york city, chicago, los angeles, or generally somewhere on the east or west coast or somewhere around kansas and nebraska...depending on what type of business you were in and where you wanted to focus.. if you had enough resources for you company to have two headquarters most businesses did one of a few things in that circumstance as well, either one on both coasts, one on one of the coasts and one in the center of the country, or sometimes you would see companies have offices in new york and london or new york and berlin or one in the usa and one in either europe or asia. even at the state level it was the same. one office/facility per state usually centrally located... in Pennsylvania it was usually Pittsburgh & Philadelphia or if the business wanted to lobby or protect itself from political interference they would have a 3rd office in or near the state capitol of Harrisburg or exchange either the Pittsburgh or Philadelphia location for one in Harrisburg. Businesses that were heavily tied in/focused/reliant on rail roads tended to have offices near Altoona or Johnstown any business affiliated with Penn State tends to have some facility or office near State College/University Park going farther back to 1900 or so, Clearfield Curwensville Phillipsburg area of Pennsylvania i'm told was a national and/or world leader in several industries/businesses. In general agriculture and factories would used to cluster even in the 1950s-1980s in central pennsylvania and warehousing to a smaller degree while corporations and offices tended to cluster in the larger city type areas. in general 1930s-1950s businesses and businesses from the North East New England and upper Mid-Atlantic regions as well as some that were founded in the Kansas/Nebraska area tended to focus on a more geographical model then just going where the cities were.
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Let us fight a trade war with China.
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Monty Patton (2 months ago)
7:01: It is spelled Düsseldorf, not Dusseldorf.
John Breedlove (2 months ago)
This video seems to be a little loose and over simplified with the facts. Detroit isn’t the way it is today solely because of manufacturing moving out of cities... there was that whole, you know, decades long decline of a specific industry that primarily supported that specific city. A little bit more complicated than just, manufacturing moved out of cities.
julian braunbeck (2 months ago)
ummmmmm... Berlin is bigger than Paris