Why Shanghai Won't Be Vancouver

Shanghai is preparing for the 2010 World Expo, but the Chinese investment won't create anything like the urban investment created in Vancouver for the Olympics, says Brendon Crain.

Crain writes, "Expo 2010 will leave an indelible mark on the city, with the Chinese government pouring $45 billion into not just the site of the festival, but to neighborhood infrastructure and a transit system expansion that would make any mayor's face turn a vivid shade of green: the city has added six-count 'em-six new subway lines in preparation. But even with all of that, one can't help feeling like a rare opportunity to build a unique urban model for the future may have been lost (especially considering the expo's theme, "Better city, better life,") since most of the buildings will wind up recycled into more standard fare or, worse still, demolished completely, their materials wasted."

Full Story: The Non-Legacy of the 2010 Expo

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month
Red necktie with map of Boston

Tie one on to celebrate your city

Choose from over 20 styles of neckties imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
DVD Cover of The Story of Sprawl

The Story of Sprawl

See how America changed shape in this collection of historic films that visually document how sprawl evolved.
$29.99 for 2-DVD SET