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Public space for Jing'an

SHANGHAI'S downtown Jing'an District will get 12 small public facilities on land occupied by shanty houses by 2010, the district's top official said yesterday.

About 660 households will be relocated and the land will be turned into public facilities such as green areas, small football pitches, kindergartens and care centers for single elderly people, the district government said.

Gong Deqing, Party secretary of Jing'an District, said the renovation plan will be a win-win story for residents and the government.

"Instead of commercial complexes, we expect to use these areas for resident-friendly facilities," Gong said. "Large areas of old residential housing are valued by developers but there is increasingly less of such large sites. The areas remaining are less attractive to land developers because there's not much they can do with such small sites."

The small residential areas Gong mentioned are of less than 3,000 square meters and accommodate fewer than 100 households, according to a district government document.


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