Big is not Always Good
    2010-10-21 15:31:00     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu Leiying
 

In recent years, the housing prices in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai have skyrocketed. The central government has introduced a number of measures to control, but results have been limited. One of the key reasons is that housing is a basic need to city dwellers.

Urban populations continue to grow, increasing the cost of basics like electricy and water, despite continued government investment.

An editorial on China Youth Daily says the situation is due to unsustainable urban planning. Urbanization is unavoidable, but bigger is not always better.

Currently, there are close to 20 million residents living in Beijing. Professional opportunities have attracted people from all over the country to relocate, straining the city's resources. This also makes developing small and medium-sized cities more difficult.

According to the editorial, planning of a city should be under control and take its capacity into consideration. It suggests that Beijing give up energy intensive industries such as auto and chemical industries, while controlling the development of its manufacturing industry. These industries should be moved to other provinces. This way, other cities have the opportunity to grow, while Beijing eases its population problem.

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