I need help creating a thesis and an outline on City: A Users Guide to the Past, Present and Future of Urban Life by Kevin Smith. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. The book is based on Smith’s observation of what we now call modern-day cities that are a complete contrast to the towns of the past. He makes a clear comparison taking the reader through the past experiences all through to the present circumstances. This gives the reader an opportunity to relate the writing to their own personal experience making the book more of a reference journal than just mere words. He gives a clear picture that is duplicated all over the world, even in the less developed countries. Mankind has formed a habit of moving into the cities and from his book he claims that about 3.3 billion people are currently living in cities. He then gives a comparison going back about two-hundred years ago where there was no evidence of development. At the time he stated that only about three percent of the population lived in the city, people were mainly based in the rural areas. He then paints a picture based on the constant rise of populations in the city, predicting that it was possible that the population would increase. In his view, by around 2030, about sixty-percent of the population would be living in the cities, giving them the name of urban dwellers, (Freedman, p.50). He is able to take the reader back and forth in a sort of history lesson of how cities were formed in ancient times and the differences with those found today. Out of these notes, he is then able to create a somewhat .believable picture of what we can expect the future to look like seeing that people’s moving patterns are consistent.
Smith gives the reader a vivid picture of the history of mankind in terms of the development of cities and the various changes that have been affected over time. He is able to give an accurate calculation of the approximate numbers of people currently living in cities and those that were in ancient times. His theme of change is evidently using it as the main aspect to show the differences in design, belief, and behavior over the years. .