China's Cities: All Show, No Substance?

Chinese urban sprawl has the potential to be transformed into urban sustainability.

Erica Schlaikjer, of, writes about the state in which growing urban areas of China find themselves and the potential for future sustainable growth.

Cities in China are "becoming ever less habitable," and their future will depend on an "urban awakening" that includes the Chinese government's support of public participation in urban planning and decision-making, says Zhang Song, a professor at Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning, in a two-part interview on chinadialogue.

Thanks to Garrett Bradford

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