8 thoughts on “Urbanization of Shanghai

  1. GN

    em… WJS, your photos made me check the definition of Urbanization on dictionary. I am lost;-)… these are all about “suburbanisation”… nothing urban to my understanding.

  2. bryan

    interesting photo. so is there a full, car-sized street on each side of the house and no backyard? (I’m showing my suburban american roots) why?

  3. michael

    I believe we are looking at many small apt buildings or multi family houses. They have driveways and small front yards.

  4. Cleo

    They need 24 hour convenience stores then. This isn’t looking too promising in terms of considerate planning. It may be hard to live in these kinds of neighborhoods for long stretches of time. Are they mostly car owners? Where do the cars park? Otherwise, how do you get out of this place? On foot? Shuttle vans? Are we looking at buyouts in fifteen years when the area (hopefully) becomes more desirable or is the next big corporation just going to bypass this area completely and build an hq/research facility somewhere undeveloped? Are these low-rises built because of the soft marshland of pudong that is allegedly sinking from the weight of skyscrapers? OMG, what is the humidity level of these houses in a few years? Are the walls using drywall or plaster?

  5. ddjiii

    Sorry to jump in late. There are some misperceptions going on here.

    @GN – I know what you mean, but WJS is right. “Urbanization” is the term for turning rural or natural land into inhabited land, no matter the building pattern. “Suburbanization” (which is also going on in Shanghai) means the process of a large city spreading out into suburban style areas.

    @Bryan, Michael – not a full car-sized street. You are seeing just a very small lot – street in front, small back yard right on street behind. Hard to tell for sure, but I think these are single family, not multi-family.

    @Cleo – I agree there isn’t good planning going on here. I *think* this is public/relocation housing for rural villagers whose land has been appropriated for some other purpose (railroad, other urban development, etc.) So few cars, more bikes and scooters. It’s low rise because this is far away from the center of the city and that’s a cheap way to build (and this is Puxi, not Pudong), it doesn’t have anything to do with land sinking. The humidity level everywhere in Shanghai is very high all the time, no need to worry about in a few years :-) It’s almost certainly plaster, not drywall.

    @Looneytunes – Like I said above, I think this is public housing, not investment housing, so they probably will be occupied and not flipped.

    But I agree with everyone, it’s a very poor environment, how do you get anywhere?

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