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THIS INTERVIEW WAS EDITED FOR LENGTH AND CLARITY. PHOTO: VICTORIA WILL | FROM THE EDITOR | A TALK WITH MICHAEL BLOOMBERG Susan Goldberg: Roughly two-thirds of people will live in cities by 2050. There are 31 cities now that are considered megacities, with 10 million people or more; by 2030 there’ll be 41 cities of that size. Why are people flocking to cities? Michael Bloomberg: The marketplace is clearly saying this is where we want to be. Big cities provide culture; they can be much more cosmopolitan and give you a faster pace of life. It’s not for everybody; some people want a different pace, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I had the governor of Montana sitting right here yesterday—the whole population WHY CITIES ARE LEADING THE WAY As New York City’s mayor from 2002 to 2013, Michael Bloomberg pushed sus- tainability. Now 75, the businessman and philan- thropist has co-authored a book, Climate of Hope, in which he says that “cities, businesses, and citizens can save the planet.” Although I was an editor at Bloomberg News for several years, I hadn’t talked in depth with its outspoken founder until we sat down for this interview. of the state is about a million people. I mean, that’s smaller than the Bronx! The beauty of the world is diversity. The beauty of America is basically we get along. There’s lots of places in the world where diversity is not exactly tolerated. SG: I have an off-the-wall question. Say your doctor tells you that you have developed life-threatening allergies to New York, London, and Boston, but your mental health is dependent on living in a big city. Where would you go? MB: Well, one of the things to consider is suicide.