From TED, Paul Romer on the world's first charter city; and Geoffrey West on the surprising math of cities and corporations. Global cities: Andrew Robsinson on the rise and rise of capitalism’s behemoths (and part 2). The rise of the megacity: Jakarta, Lagos, and Sao Paolo, and other massive population centers are changing the way we think about cities. An interview with Austin Williams, author of The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs. The city solution: Robert Kunzig on why cities are the best cure for our planet’s growing pains. "Cities are making us more human": An interview with Edward Glaeser. The evolution of great world cities: Christopher Kennedy explores the urban wealth and economic growth of great cities. A review of Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City by Andrew Ross (and more). Brahmin Dreams: Douglass Shand-Tucci is in search of the capital of the world. From Cracked, a look at the 6 most mind-blowing modern ghost towns; and an article on the 6 weirdest cities people actually live in.