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City makes after-fair plans

AFTER the World Expo ends, the site will become a new sub-center of Shanghai, a mixture of exhibition space, parks, businesses and residences, a senior urban planning expert and consultant to the Expo 2010 told a forum in Hangzhou yesterday.

The 5.28-square-kilometer site along the Huangpu River will also spur development of the 10 square kilometers surrounding it, said Zheng Shiling, director of Institute of Architecture and Urban Space of Shanghai Tongji University and a consultant to the World Expo.

Zheng made the remarks at an Expo theme forum on Harmonious Cities and Livable Life in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province. More than 60 government officials and urban planners from 10 countries and regions shared policies and strategies for improving people's lives.

The Expo site will be one of the sub-centers of the city, joining such others as Huamu Township in Pudong New Area, Wujiaochang area in Yangpu District, Zhenru area in Putuo and the Xujiahui in Xuhui District, he said.

"Pre- and Post-Expo is becoming a dividing crest of Shanghai history, which will promote the city towards a sustainable and livable metropolis," Zheng added.

The two-day forum along the West Lake discussed harmony between urban and rural areas, urban infrastructure and the role of women in urban development. A panel discussion focused on housing.

Future metropolises will be multi-centered, an arrangement that will help diffuse the urban population, British town planner and geographer Peter Hall said at the forum. As he envisioned it, the sub-centers would support one other for various functions.

Zhejiang Province will use the Expo as an opportunity to make people wealthier, the environment better and society more harmonious, Lu Zushan, governor of the province, said in the opening speech of the forum.

Previous Expo-related forums have been held in Ningbo and Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province; and in Wuxi, Nanjing and Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.

A forum on urban innovation and sustainable development will be held at the end of the Expo.

The leaders of various nations and the secretary-general of the United Nations will be invited to attend and sign a declaration on urban development.


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