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Nairobi Swells with Urban Growth

Nairobi Swells with Urban Growth

View Image Comparison View Both Images As nations develop their economies, younger generations are drawn from rural areas into cities. Urban growth rates in recent years have been particularly pronounced in lower and middle-income countries. Africa depicts this global trend in high relief. For the past few decades, Africans have been moving from rural areas into cities, seeking work, so the continent’s urban population has skyrocketed. Nairobi is a prime example of that migration, with its population pushing upward and its boundaries pushing outward. “Nairobi, like most cities in Africa, is experiencing dramatic growth,” said Assaf Anyamba, a USRA/GESTAR scientist at NASA who was born in Kenya. Anyamba pointed to areas that have seen a lot of change over the years, like the Mombasa Road and Karura Forest. While such migration often mirrors economic advancement, it also pre...

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