In the less developed countries the cities play a vitally important role. Although urban centres are only a minor sector of the whole economy they stand out as belonging essentially to a different — more advanced — type of economic organisation than the rest of the economy, where the (more or less primitive) agricultural sector is predominant. The cities call for modern services of the types provided in advanced countries. In L.D.C.s it is common to find one or a few very large cities which are focal points for population. The remaining urban areas are more normal and more homogeneous in size. In fact some of them may be growing quite fast and others shrinking, even in a country with a high net reproduction rate.
KeywordsLarge City Urban Development Mexico City Metro Area Commonwealth Government
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