The galaxy far far away getting a little denser.
Bioware is making your time in the galaxy far, far away a slightly longer time ago a little more interesting. On the Public Test Realm for SWTOR, they're rolling out high population tech for the servers. For right now it's just on PTR, but there's little doubt this will lead to more merges, with higher population caps and more dense cities.
Given that the empty cities have been a criticism leveled to SWTOR before, pushing the population count up is an excellent way to address those complaints. I'm sure Bioware will just have to live with lowering the number of servers to manage and maintain!
Julian "Mirai" Williams