China Says West Gets Their Urban Regeneration Story Wrong

Iain Mills reports on the competing storylines describing China's transformation. Is China wantonly destroying historic buildings and displacing people, or constructing a future, harmonious society?

This article in the Asian Times is decidedly pro-Chinese governmental policy, decrying the Western media's portrayal of the Chinese planning process.

Iain Mills writes, "In an era of breakneck modernization, municipal planners are faced with the challenge of balancing the competing pressures of rapid urbanization and the emergence of new social and economic power groups, be they developers or consumers, residents or tourists, all of whom have their own needs and demands. In a city with a history such as Beijing's, these tasks are rendered all the more delicate by the cultural and symbolic value of much of the urban environment."

Full Story: Beijing agonizes over urban regeneration

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"wontonly"?!

Were you feeling hungry when you wrote that?;-)

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I suppose I was!

I've corrected the spelling, but what a great inadvertent pun...

It was wonderfully

It was wonderfully appropriate!:-) Thanks for the link - it's such an important and complicated situation in China at the moment.

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