Why Cities Exist

  • Published: 23 January 2018
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  • Dragon Dimosthenis
    Dragon Dimosthenis  18 minutes back

    wait, instabul and athens is bigger than paris

    • lonelyPorterCH
      lonelyPorterCH  17 hours back

      Maybe, I will move to a city too in the future^^

      • Douglas Mcintosh
        Douglas Mcintosh  17 hours back

        Wait a minute, 3:53 london has 8 mil and the largest

        And then 3:55 Paris has 2.2 mil and second

        But 5:12 Berlin has 3.5mil.... and he’s just like nah I’m good, gotta prove a point

        Someone bitter about the early to mid 1900s

        • sneakyfox
          sneakyfox  2 days back

          No one:

          Wendover productions: “Tetnological”

          • Vainglory 2KW8Ω
            Vainglory 2KW8Ω  1 weeks back

            Cities exist to provide goods and services. There, saved you 13 minutes.

            • Cole -
              Cole -  2 weeks back

              I'm an entrepreneur and get this; I am a virtual entrepreneur. I plan to travel the world in luxury. Of course, most of you are small minded employees stuck in what someone else wants you to be. I am the opposite, don't need to stay in 1 place, but having my primary residence in 1 place is favorable. I plan to earn over 1 million per year. Already on my way and I don't do the "predictable employee" for life thing. Many entrepreneurs like myself have a common trait "unpredictability". We don't fall under your "stay in one place and have the same predictable behaviors". Your scenarios are very "employee for life" geared. The patterns you specify don't match that of many entrepreneurs in today who travel lots. Were not required to stay in one place and I think in abundance not scarcity. Where you guys see scarcity, I do whatever it takes to find the abundance. Employees are small minded because they choose to be, it has nothing to do with the size or structure of their brain, rather their choice to remain making someone else's goals happen rather than their own! This is a free country and I made the choice to become a freed entrepreneur. When you choose to remain an employee for your life and the life of your kids, you choose to enforce these old patterns. How about you all consider entrepreneurship or at least freelance or obtaining a high income skill? This way a few 10s of years later we can create a new pattern "unprecedented freedom and unpredictability"! No more will our movements be this predictable, I'm a human not a rat! - Ponder on that! ;-)

              • Tom Bombadil
                Tom Bombadil  2 weeks back

                *This video somehow makes my full time job of drawing custom made hentai art feel significant*

                • Can Your Frank
                  Can Your Frank  2 weeks back

                  Frankfurt is cologne now

                  • Dash
                    Dash  2 weeks back

                    Why cities exist? And why the hell they wouldn’t?!

                    • joke bbb
                      joke bbb  3 weeks back

                      Largest cities of Europe is
                      1) Istanbul
                      2) Moscow
                      3) London
                      4) Paris
                      5) Berlin

                      • Adrian Motley
                        Adrian Motley  3 weeks back

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                        • Nzengue Mayombo Golden
                          Nzengue Mayombo Golden  3 weeks back

                          💯 Professional ! Maybe the best YouTube channel I've ever come across ! Keep it up !

                          • Julia K.
                            Julia K.  3 weeks back

                            *Actually the wall in Germany fell in 1989 but I’ll let 1990 count😂

                            • DaniloKING 2
                              DaniloKING 2  3 days back

                              Thats the same as saying that 2019 is 2020

                          • clock9596
                            clock9596  3 weeks back

                            I see this video is for 5th graders

                            • Alvaro Tomassoni
                              Alvaro Tomassoni  3 weeks back

                              madrid is bigger than paris with 3.1million (second biggest in europe)

                              • kafkef
                                kafkef  3 weeks back

                                İstanbul 14.6 milyon... Just saying

                                • MarusiFyren
                                  MarusiFyren  3 weeks back

                                  Moscow is bigger than London, and there are many bigger cities in europe than Paris

                                  • SerDubz
                                    SerDubz  3 weeks back

                                    Cities are efficient
                                    Efficiency creates wealth, therefore
                                    People will create cities, to gain wealth.

                                    Yeah you summed it up pretty well there

                                    • Flashstar 123
                                      Flashstar 123  3 weeks back

                                      Wendover: cities have a population a fraction of their ranking relevant to the largest city.
                                      China and India: hmmmmm.....

                                      • Scythal
                                        Scythal  2 weeks back

                                        Russia: am i a joke to you?

                                    • JEOGRAPHY Songs For Kids

                                      Wendover: Why cities exist?
                                      Conspiracy Theorist: Cities don't actually exit.
                                      Wendover: That doesn't make sense.
                                      Conspiracy Theorist: Cities are just concentrated populations of crisis actors.

                                      • de rien
                                        de rien  4 weeks back

                                        The only reason is economics....
                                        Especially in the last 200 years

                                        • Red Butterfly
                                          Red Butterfly  4 weeks back

                                          I cant imagine singapore to have a province if u can drive from end to end in an hour. Lol

                                          • shambho
                                            shambho  4 weeks back

                                            This is disinformation in part. Modern agriculture is not more efficient if one accounts for ecological costs in the aggregate and socioeconomic costs esp for small farmers

                                            • Emanuel Voelker
                                              Emanuel Voelker  4 weeks back


                                              • Chris Duane
                                                Chris Duane  4 weeks back

                                                Why is the producer leaving out the other reason after employment people move to cities -- anonymity, social opportunity and promiscuous sex?

                                                • Luis Marroquin
                                                  Luis Marroquin  1 months back

                                                  2.7 a third and 2.3 a fourth?

                                                  • SubZero
                                                    SubZero  1 months back

                                                    Why so many dislikes?

                                                    • Jacob Hayes
                                                      Jacob Hayes  1 months back

                                                      Cities cause dolphins.

                                                      • Sierrah Hofzon
                                                        Sierrah Hofzon  1 months back

                                                        So Istanbul and Russia are not included in Europe?

                                                        • Jeff Burgess
                                                          Jeff Burgess  1 months back

                                                          summary: when humans discovered agriculture, they stopped migrating and settled down which inevitably gave rise to an economy. To make this process simpler, cities were erected to maximize economic activity by decreasing the distance between consumers and laborers.

                                                          Though I am certain this isn't a new idea, I personally believe that value is predicated solely on distance. Not just the time and energy it takes for an innovator to finally begin production of a product and then get it to a consumer, but even the distance between two (or more) ideas, such as the distance between the individual vs the collective, the metaphysical and the materialistic, and the finite vs the infinite.

                                                          Because resources are finite and therefore must be competed for, it seems to me that the role of government was introduced to determine how a population is allowed to interact with those resources. What's interesting is that, for instance, the American government will supply public services such as roads or police because it considers them basic necessities to keep things running smoothly. Roads to get to work or spend money, and police to make us feel safe enough to invest in homes, cars or other property.

                                                          But other goods, like gasoline (which we need to make use of the roads and fuel the squad cars/fire trucks) and food and shelter are first come first serve.
                                                          How does a government decide which industries can exist independently and which industries to provide as public services?

                                                          • rulipari
                                                            rulipari  1 months back

                                                            4:00 You do know, that Berlin does have significantly more inhabitants than Paris proper, right?
                                                            Berlin is the EUs 2nd largest City. On the whole of Europe though, the Ranking goes like this:
                                                            (Ignoring Metropolitan Areas)

                                                            • SpiritForce
                                                              SpiritForce  1 months back

                                                              Living in a densely populated city is killing our spirits--- I've lived in Tokyo, Taipei Miami and Honolulu and I yearn for a nice good ol' FARM!

                                                              • William Churchill
                                                                William Churchill  1 months back

                                                                Love this Chanel

                                                                • Yuuup
                                                                  Yuuup  1 months back

                                                                  Another advantage of large numbers of people all being in cities is it will make the coming population correction so much more effective and efficient.

                                                                  • Grigoriy Ignatov
                                                                    Grigoriy Ignatov  1 months back

                                                                    London is the largest city within the EU only. Moscow is in Europe as well and it's 4 million bigger

                                                                    • djinn Man
                                                                      djinn Man  1 months back

                                                                      Human Specialization.

                                                                      BUT also efficiency to port. Not surprising some of the biggest cities are built upon communication lines either up large rivers (water source) or coastal. Logistics.

                                                                      How to store and move goods from a centralized hub equally important.

                                                                      City like Hong Kong in recent (foolish) "democratic" protest need to be careful.

                                                                      Aside from the unique rule of law, there are already cities proximate to them (Shenzhen, Guangdong) that can and will replicate much of what Hong Kong does for cheaper.

                                                                      If it does not understand its fragility vis-a-vis its giant and economic powerhouse neighbour, it is in danger of losing its living. Many will eventually vote with their fee across 'the border'.

                                                                      There is no iron rice bowl.

                                                                      • M C
                                                                        M C  1 months back

                                                                        Thanks for addressing German cities! :)

                                                                        • Joonha Shcal
                                                                          Joonha Shcal  1 months back

                                                                          Paris is not the second largest city in Europe. It's not even in the top 5. The largest city in Europe is Istanbul and then comes Moscow. I can't trust you with research that takes 20 sec? Downvote man.

                                                                          • Morgan Ahoff
                                                                            Morgan Ahoff  1 months back

                                                                            I'm surprised you didn't include Choice as a reason why people live in cities. Cites offer a variety of things to choose from: what kind of job to have, where to live, what to do for recreation -- and this gives people the feeling that they are choosing their life circumstances. There is perhaps nothing as defeating to the human spirit as having no choice. That's the reason cities are expensive: for each thing you choose to do, all the things you didn't choose to do need to be paid for too. But we're willing to pay a premium in order to have a range of options available to us. Mind you...having things to choose among means that you are one of the things other people may choose or not choose, hence cites can be lonely places.

                                                                            • Jack
                                                                              Jack  1 months back

                                                                              Interesting note, when the first British windmills were being invented, one person could then grind enough flour for 40 people. Hence the phrase, "The daily grind", as before that at least half the household would have to grind bread for 4-6 hours during the day

                                                                              • Ronit Jalihal
                                                                                Ronit Jalihal  1 months back

                                                                                3:54 Almost all info is wrong.
                                                                                London is now 3rd after Istanbul and Moscow.
                                                                                Paris is not even in the top ten.
                                                                                Otherwise, great video.

                                                                                • Министерство Пропаганды
                                                                                  Министерство Пропаганды  3 weeks back

                                                                                  @JewTube, Turkey is Asian (although Istanbul itself was always European) but Russia is 100% European

                                                                                • Chris Hieke
                                                                                  Chris Hieke  4 weeks back

                                                                                  @Skye Walker It was about European cities - although he didn't mention his definition of 'European'. So lets stick with the geographical definition. That certainly includes Moscow and at least the part of Istambul that is situated on the western side of the Bosporus. So Tokyo, Hongkong and Peking are out of the scope.

                                                                                  Another problem is his definition of a 'city' ... just the municipal entity or the whole metropolitan area? And if it is the metropolitan area, how do you define that?

                                                                                • Skye Walker
                                                                                  Skye Walker  1 months back

                                                                                  I saw that to and eas baffled. Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow etc there are much bigger cities

                                                                                • Грозный
                                                                                  Грозный  1 months back

                                                                                  @JewTube both cities are in europe and maybe turkish culture is not european, but russian 100% is

                                                                                • JewTube
                                                                                  JewTube  1 months back

                                                                                  It's correct. Turkey and Russia are Asian countries, not European.

                                                                              • SiaarZH
                                                                                SiaarZH  1 months back

                                                                                5ha of siberian snow all to me? no thanks.

                                                                                • Floris
                                                                                  Floris  1 months back

                                                                                  Isn't the pencil thing a Fiedman example?

                                                                                  • PoodleScone
                                                                                    PoodleScone  1 months back

                                                                                    Also world peace after WW2. Most cities are targets during war. With no major conflicts, people can stay in cities without risks.

                                                                                    • Taylor Pio
                                                                                      Taylor Pio  1 months back

                                                                                      One of the best and most conceptual videos you've made!

                                                                                      • DE Ackern
                                                                                        DE Ackern  1 months back

                                                                                        3:47 Today the largest city in Europe is London. Isn't it Moscow!? And London second?

                                                                                        • Yuuup
                                                                                          Yuuup  1 months back

                                                                                          Moscow has never been in Europe. Sorry, try again

                                                                                      • alan6832
                                                                                        alan6832  1 months back

                                                                                        People are forced by government to move to cities because cities have higher unit density limits than most places, so cities allow people to build more housing that government allows people to do in the suburbs or country. This is in addition to housing projects, which are rare in the country.

                                                                                        • EBFilmsMan
                                                                                          EBFilmsMan  1 months back

                                                                                          12:08 Cities are efficient
                                                                                          Efficiency creates wealth
                                                                                          Germany creates efficiency
                                                                                          German cities = most efficient and wealthy?

                                                                                          • Riley Cook
                                                                                            Riley Cook  1 months back

                                                                                            germany = best
                                                                                            UH WORLD WAR 2