With 50% of the Earth's citizens now living in metropolitan areas, the world's urban population is on a dramatic rise.  This list, compiled by Forbes, predicts the cities of the future.  It doesn't focus on established global cities like New York or Tokyo.  Furthermore, it bypasses cities such as Singapore or Delhi which already rose to prominence in the past 20 years or the large and dysfunctional megacities like Mexico City or Dhaka.  Rather, this is a list of cities with the best economic prospects for the next decade.  Predictably, many are in Asia.  However, several North and South American cities made the list too - and they may surprise you.  European cities are noticeably missing.  With a stagnant growth rate of barely 1% and weak economies in the south, the region's only rapid development is occurring on the periphery.

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