Why Cities Are Where They Are


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  • WinterHell
    WinterHell  3 hours back

    Mostly excellent video but then it started reaching regarding horizontal expansion & climatic similarities. It sounds sorta halfway plausible but not fully convincing. China’s geographic development was more north-south than east-west. Significant climate difference between north & south. Its westward expansion cut off by deserts, Tarim basin, Tibetan plateau etc. The civilizations of the Fertile Crescent were regional by today’s standards and was bounded on the West by Mediterranean Sea, mountains to the north & east, and the Arabian desert to the south. The Persian empire crossed mountains. The mongol empire crossed steppe, desert, mountains. I do agree that British colonies of South Africa Australia and New Zealand benefited from climatic similarities - temperate zones suitable for European crops & livestock, but they didn’t require huge horizontal (latitudinal) tracks of land. Also, Africa is much larger than a standard projection map implies and by your logic, we should have had a continent-wide empire along a climatically similar stretch of land with lots of big cities.

    • Eugene the Philostopher
      Eugene the Philostopher  14 hours back

      Not around the Sun, but around its own axis. That's what determines where more insolation is - the positions of the poles and the equator and everything in between.

      • 420 jrzl 906
        420 jrzl 906  3 days back

        Here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, nearly every town large enough to be called a city is on Lake Superior in the north or Lake Michigan in the south. There are small towns about every 10 to 15 miles between, a lot of which are sparsely populated now, but it makes sense.

        • kyle spejewski
          kyle spejewski  3 days back

          im from indianapolis, indiana. its a circle

          • AMIT JODHA
            AMIT JODHA  3 days back

            I use all your videos as ideas while civilization 6, which seems to be working out.

            • Wajahat Shah
              Wajahat Shah  5 days back

              what a effects

              • Anonymous bub
                Anonymous bub  5 days back

                I go to Carlisle.

                • Legless_G
                  Legless_G  6 days back

                  9:47 there's actually 4 cities in Australia with a population of 2 million or more (Brisbane and Perth were left off).

                  • Axonteer
                    Axonteer  7 days back

                    Starbucks is here so expensive, (way more expensive than a coffee in a restaurant) that someone that buys daily for a year a coffee in SB could afford a quality automated coffee machine (400-500 price range) in just about 10-12 weeks and from that point on it just is cheaper to buy a thermo mug and take a coffee with you (if that is your thing to have a coffee to drink on the morning commute).

                    • Mistaken Rants
                      Mistaken Rants  1 weeks back

                      5:41 this argument doesnt work. I mean, you are absolutely correct about cities preferring to be near the ocean but "within 100 miles of the sea" covers most of europe, so its not remarkable that 60% of the largest cities are within 100 miles of the coast, even if it was randomly distributed or homogeneously.

                      • AlissonSv2
                        AlissonSv2  1 weeks back

                        so the octagonal distrution would only work in a riverless, communist kansas!

                        (all letters must be equal on a communist comment - capital is evil)

                        • Joel John J
                          Joel John J  1 weeks back

                          Good Work 😀😁😀

                          • Charles Jannuzi
                            Charles Jannuzi  1 weeks back

                            I think only New Yorkers would walk to buy a computer.

                            • Ishan Dey
                              Ishan Dey  1 weeks back

                              13:29 *Welsh get triggered*

                              • redparth
                                redparth  1 weeks back

                                Bangladesh is one the worst places to live in the area.
                                They actually jump the border to live in india, which is saying a lot about Bangladesh.
                                But that's mostly because of their government and economy than the geographic location.

                                • Shikhar Amar
                                  Shikhar Amar  1 weeks back

                                  Well historically 50% of GDP of the Mughal empire came from that region!

                                  • Ishtiaq Mithun
                                    Ishtiaq Mithun  1 weeks back

                                    I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

                                    • Ogponline battlefield 1 Yes im better

                                      Burg burg burg burg fcking PA. Whats the deal with all these burg towns???

                                      • NickTimesTwo
                                        NickTimesTwo  2 weeks back

                                        I could've skipped a year of AP Human Geography just by watching this 15 minute video

                                        • Pavel M.U.M.
                                          Pavel M.U.M.  2 weeks back

                                          i I love wendover production!

                                          • Zay Bd
                                            Zay Bd  2 weeks back

                                            but why would our mega city need to be near water if it is the only one?

                                            • ilyas Odissan
                                              ilyas Odissan  2 weeks back

                                              life death life death life death life death life death life death life death life death life death life death

                                              • Best Songs
                                                Best Songs  2 weeks back

                                                This video and the Comments has literally every single place my relatives and I have lived in in the North East, how is this possible

                                                • XeTrOnIx 109
                                                  XeTrOnIx 109  3 weeks back

                                                  im from kosovo ferizaj my familys house was the first here over 70 years old

                                                  • Leonhard Pauli
                                                    Leonhard Pauli  3 weeks back

                                                    Austrian empire was also huge🤔

                                                    • Brent Gauspohl
                                                      Brent Gauspohl  3 weeks back

                                                      Fewer, not less. 4:19

                                                      • Feisal Ajaj
                                                        Feisal Ajaj  3 weeks back

                                                        Dhaka? Dhaka is a place where it's flood every year , I don't think it's a good place.

                                                        • Jack Williams
                                                          Jack Williams  3 weeks back

                                                          ayyyyy anyone from fairfield or near the trumbull apple store lmao

                                                          • joseph-mario pelerin
                                                            joseph-mario pelerin  3 weeks back

                                                            come on now... central america is all the same climate,

                                                            • joseph-mario pelerin
                                                              joseph-mario pelerin  3 weeks back

                                                              again... the level of slavery of the country the cities is in is the most game changer....

                                                              • alan6832
                                                                alan6832  4 weeks back

                                                                Mechanics shops are sustained by far fewer people than grocery stores because the mechanic has to spend far longer fixing a car than a grocery clerk has to spend restocking the goods you just bought. This is even more true in poorer and more rural towns where cars are older and must drive farther.

                                                                • Яegard Иoir
                                                                  Яegard Иoir  4 weeks back

                                                                  Maybe because of Amazonia, Australian desert and Antarctica (if it’s included idk)...

                                                                  • Everything channel
                                                                    Everything channel  4 weeks back

                                                                    12:43, this region is the northern plains of India. It is suitable for intensive agriculture.

                                                                    • Zarco
                                                                      Zarco  1 months back

                                                                      Dhaka's streets are full of Indian poop tho

                                                                      • Razvolt 760
                                                                        Razvolt 760  4 weeks back

                                                                        One he said the best place to put a city in not the best city to live in
                                                                        Two Dhaka is in Bangladesh how does it have India poop
                                                                        Three you have the IQ of a cabbage

                                                                    • Alondra Mancilla
                                                                      Alondra Mancilla  1 months back

                                                                      So why is bad for the cities to be really close to each other ?

                                                                      • James Robertson
                                                                        James Robertson  1 months back

                                                                        Americans might only be able to walk five miles in a day, but the rest of the world can manage that in about 90 minutes. ;)

                                                                        • Fahim Faisal
                                                                          Fahim Faisal  1 months back

                                                                          Dhaka is the best place to "put a city on". Not the best city....
                                                                          I live there so I know....
                                                                          And this video made me more sad than inspired, realising that we are not only letting down our country but the world itself....

                                                                          • Zitronia
                                                                            Zitronia  1 months back

                                                                            a. what exactly do you mean by 'a civilization succeeded'???? what metric are your conclusions based on????
                                                                            b. are you not even gonna address colonialism?
                                                                            sorry, but i had to give this video a thumbs down

                                                                            • infinitecanadian
                                                                              infinitecanadian  1 months back

                                                                              I live in Abbotsford, British Columbia, which is the biggest city between Vancouver and Calgary. Vancouver proper is about 45 miles away while Calgary is 561 miles away.

                                                                              • Kevin Smith
                                                                                Kevin Smith  1 months back

                                                                                Unless I totally misunderstood you, how in the world do you presume South Africa to be climatically like Europe

                                                                                • puca
                                                                                  puca  6 days back

                                                                                  cuz its the coldest part of africa

                                                                              • Dylan Beaty
                                                                                Dylan Beaty  1 months back

                                                                                1:33 hi home!

                                                                                • The Sun God
                                                                                  The Sun God  1 months back

                                                                                  wow world city in north indian gangetic palin great

                                                                                  • Christopher O'Grady
                                                                                    Christopher O'Grady  1 months back

                                                                                    Newville? Mechanicsberg? Who came up with these XD

                                                                                    • Michael Danger
                                                                                      Michael Danger  1 months back

                                                                                      Why use feet and miles?

                                                                                      • Sangram Singh Rajvi
                                                                                        Sangram Singh Rajvi  1 months back

                                                                                        If you need more proof 14 out of 15 largest cities in the world are near sea coast line,
                                                                                        I wonder which is left out - its DELHI, India

                                                                                        • Erik Haueisen
                                                                                          Erik Haueisen  1 months back

                                                                                          I’m from mechanicsburg and went to Cumberland valley high school so the beginning of this video really threw me off

                                                                                          • Roy Heffner
                                                                                            Roy Heffner  1 months back

                                                                                            As a geographer degreed person (never practiced), a very interesting video. I always thought that it was water, particularly rivers that cities were founded on. I live in Italy now and Milan was an interesting exception. Will find out why.

                                                                                            • Chris Gray
                                                                                              Chris Gray  1 months back

                                                                                              Dhaka is in a massive floodplain. You really think that's the best place for a city?