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No cut in residential green area to make space for parking lots

LOCAL authorities have ruled out any compromise on green areas to make space for car parking at residential complexes.

Vertical greenery and road widening are being considered as solutions to alleviate the shortage of parking space at complexes, but reducing green cover is not among them.

Some residents are of the view that reducing greenery in residential areas will create more parking space. But Lu Yuexing, director of the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau, said, “There can be some adjustments to optimize the greenery layout at residential complexes, such as vertical greenery and widening of roads, but the overall amount of greenery will not be sacrificed.”

Any changes in greenery layout requires the approval of at least two thirds of residents.

Lu said the root cause for parking space is because there are more cars now and not due to reserved green spots.

“The green area is not enough for residential communities and it will not be reduced,” he said.

The city plans to add another 400,000 square meters of greenery, mainly in downtown areas this year, and vertical greenery will be a highlight.

The land space in Shanghai is limited and vertical greenery is the only way out, including greenery on rooftop, walls and on balconies, he said.

There is about 20 million square meters of space in the city which can be covered by vertical greenery.

Vertical greenery was promoted in the city during the 2010 World Expo but maintenance remains a problem.

Work starts on parks

Authorities said construction work has started on five suburban parks, stretching 105 square kilometers, in the city’s Qingpu, Songjiang, Minhang and Jiading districts and Chongming County. They are expected to be ready in 2016. The city plans to build 21 suburban parks stretching about 400 square kilometers.

The park in the western suburb in Qingpu will showcase wetlands and rivers, while the parks in Songjiang and Minhang districts will have large areas planted with trees. A park on Changxing Island will feature natural scenery.


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