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Saudi Arabia's New City Doesn't Have What It Takes

MIN READNov 12, 2017 | 14:41 GMT

Contrary to the promotional video's claims, the new Saudi megacity of Neom probably won't be the "place where we can prepare together for the next era of human progress."

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Despite their name and the timing of their announcements, "new cities" aren't really so new. History is full of examples of governments and urban planners creating cities out of nothing, with varying degrees of success. A look back at the triumphs and troubles of new cities past sheds light on the prospects of future developments of the sort, including Saudi Arabia's proposed megacity, Neom....

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