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Livability Grows in China's Emerging Megacities

A new breed of developers in China are increasingly trying to make the country's new cities into pleasant, walkable and even environmentally sustainable.

Architect and developer team Calvin and Frederick Tsao are trying to integrate elements of livability into new and emerging Chinese megacities.

"The Tsao brothers have teamed up to imbue Chinese cities with some mixed-use pedestrian friendliness. The idea is to retain some of the connections to the existing rural landscape to ease people into city living. Their two Chengdu plans are heavy on parks and plazas to encourage walking and socializing. Encouraging exercise for new urban denizens is probably a good thing-obesity rates in rural China are only 5 percent, but the rate in cities is four times higher."

Full Story: Trying to make China’s planned cities livable

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