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Socio-spatial impacts of property led redevelopment on China's urban neighbourhoods

He, Shenjing and Wu, Fulong 2007. Socio-spatial impacts of property led redevelopment on China's urban neighbourhoods. Cities 24 (3) , pp. 194-208. 10.1016/j.cities.2006.12.001

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To understand the socio-spatial impacts of property-led redevelopment on China’s urban neighbourhoods, this study inquires into two influential redevelopment projects in Shanghai. The significance of this research lies in using first-hand data to indicate the new trends of urban change in the Chinese city. Through analysing the data from a 500-questionnaire survey, two different forms of socio-spatial changes under property-led redevelopment are identified. On the one hand, an extensive residential displacement occurs during redevelopment, a process of gentrification is emerging in China. On the other hand, to re-image the inner city and promote economic growth, urban redevelopment has led to changing urban function/land use in old neighbourhoods. As the local government legitimizes property-interest-centred reinvestment in the inner city, old neighbourhoods, which used to accommodate low-income residents, are now occupied by people with higher socioeconomic status or transferred to high-valued-added commercial land use. The exchange value of urban space is produced at the cost of old urban neighbourhoods’ everyday use value.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Socio-spatial impacts; neighbourhood; property-led redevelopment; China; Shanghai
ISSN: 02642751
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2020 23:59

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