Why Cities Are Where They Are


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  • American Made
    American Made  3 hours back

    This video is studded with oversimplifications, as if the author had Geography 101 three days a week and only stayed awake during the Wednesday and Friday classes. He overstates the similarity of climate at similar latitudes; I'd love to hear him try to explain to a Breton farmer that his climate is similar to Manchuria. The idea of “averaging out:” every person's location is student lounge nonsense, and he falls on his face when he says “History has affected geography enough that…” (geography affects history, not the other way around). The suggestion that Bangladesh, or any single place is the origin of civilization is absurd.

    • Jose Villamil
      Jose Villamil  11 hours back

      7:30 La Paz <3

      • Mert
        Mert  16 hours back

        That wide theory is pretty dumb. The Africans and Native Americans simply suck at making successful civilizations

        • WinterHell
          WinterHell  1 days 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

            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  4 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  4 days back

                im from indianapolis, indiana. its a circle

                • AMIT JODHA
                  AMIT JODHA  4 days back

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

                  • Wajahat Shah
                    Wajahat Shah  6 days back

                    what a effects

                    • Anonymous bub
                      Anonymous bub  6 days back

                      I go to Carlisle.

                      • Legless_G
                        Legless_G  1 weeks 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  1 weeks 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  2 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  4 weeks back

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

                                                                  • joseph-mario pelerin
                                                                    joseph-mario pelerin  4 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  1 weeks 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