10 Reasons Why I Believe in Shanghai’s Urban Planning

Thursday, August 28, 2008 21:22
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One for the great things about living in Shanghai, is that I am always gaining a deeper appreciate for how a city is planned for the efficient movement of people.  I have been trying to put together a series of posts on this topic for the last month now, but with so much to cover I have had a hard time getting started, and as such I am going to have to rely on others to kick start the discussion.

(h/t Treehugger) for their post California Set to Adopt Nation’s First Anti-Sprawl Law, which offers this list of 10 reasons why sprawl is a bad thing:

1. Sprawl development contributes to a loss of support for public facilities and public amenities.
2. Sprawl undermines effective maintenance of existing infrastructure.
3. Sprawl increases societal costs for transportation.
4. Sprawl consumes more resources than other development patterns.
5. Sprawl separates urban poor people from jobs.
6. Sprawl imposes a tax on time.
7. Sprawl degrades water and air quality.
8. Sprawl results in the permanent alteration and destruction of habitats.
9. Sprawl creates difficulty in maintaining community.
10. Sprawl offers the promise of choice while only delivering more of the same.

When spending time in the field and thinking about Shanghai’s districts, I quickly see how their efforts to create a city that is dynamic and fluid in terms of dense / functional districts addresses many of these issues, and by its very nature provides more for a much more efficient city that requires less resources per capita than a city like Atlanta or Phoenix would.

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