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The fusion city

The cold war split single cities in two. Globalisation is bringing separate ones together, regardless of nations

By Tim Judah   June 2001

The last half of the 20th century was defined by the divided city. Jerusalem, Berlin, Sarajevo, Nicosia and most recently Mitrovica, split between Kosovo’s Albanians and Serbs. We will see more divided cities in the future, but I have a prediction. In the next 50 years, in this era of globalisation, a new urban phenomenon will emerge: the “fusion city.”

I don’t know if they are called fusion cities and I expect that geographers already have some fancy name for them. But the term will do for me. Obviously they are the opposite of cities divided by conflict-they are different…

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