"How has China been able to avoid the pitfalls facing other developing megacities? No one is denying that Chinese cities don't have problems including unequal income distribution, pollution and growing traffic congestion. Yet China's megacities seem to have largely avoided social dangers such as violent crime, disease and slum proliferation that plague urban areas of other developing countries.
How have China's cities avoided these issues?"
Adam Mayer suggests that among the reasons China's megacities have avoided problems is that they have developed a large amount of new housing and new transit options.