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City’s urban planners eye delta, Lingang

SHANGHAI’S next stage of urban planning will focus on the Yangtze River Delta integration demonstration zone, Lingang Special Area and Hongqiao Business Hub, the head of the city’s top planning body said.

Xu Yisong, director of the Shanghai Urban Planning and Natural Resources Bureau, said the city will also look at the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek waterfronts, renovation of residential communities and rural revitalization.

The planning will be of top standard and quality to enhance the city level of Shanghai and its core competitiveness, Xu told the 2nd congress of the 4th council of China Association of City Planning at Fudan University over the weekend.

Members of the association and the planning bodies of the neighboring provinces shared opinions on the new trend and tasks of urban planning.

Urban planners and experts also visited the newly opened waterfront in Yangpu along the Huangpu River yesterday to learn the city’s latest practices on urban space construction, preservation on heritage structures and development of riverside regions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the waterfront in November and spoke of the need to properly balance the relationship between protection and development, and the importance of maintaining the city’s historical features.

Zheng Shiling, a professor at Tongji University, said Shanghai had reached the “bottom line” in terms of massive constructions, and should, therefore, focus on urban renewal.

The city has a large number of industrial heritage sites, stretching over 600 square kilometers, as well as 250 old residential neighborhoods that have yet to be listed as protected, Zheng said. About 150,000 households are still using chamber pots, he said.

The waterfront of Yangpu will have theaters, music halls, art galleries and museums. They will be built along the waterfront in former factory buildings, Zhao Liang, deputy director of Yangpu, said.

The Yangpu waterfront is known as the birthplace of China’s modern industry. Many of the industrial buildings have been preserved.

Over 100 machines and production tools are being exhibited. The former industrial layouts have also been largely retained with only some industrial ruins removed.


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