The costs of urban growth at the fringe of a Chinese city: evidence from Jinshi Village in Suzhou

Verdini, G. 2014. The costs of urban growth at the fringe of a Chinese city: evidence from Jinshi Village in Suzhou. International Development Planning Review. 36 (4), pp. 413-434. doi:10.3828/idpr.2014.27

TitleThe costs of urban growth at the fringe of a Chinese city: evidence from Jinshi Village in Suzhou
AuthorsVerdini, G.
Abstract

The rate of city growth in China today correlates well with an overall loss of the most fertile agricultural areas of the country. A consequence of this growth includes the rapid reshaping of peri-urban livelihoods in their densely populated fringe. The policy response from central government has focused on containing city growth and pursuing modern rural development. Both policy directions have failed, in part, to acknowledge the intrinsic nature of the urban fringe in China. This paper explores the features of the fringe of Suzhou, a fast growing city in the Yangtze River Delta. The aim is to outline potential social costs of this current policy framework, through analysing the case study of Jinshi Village. The paper advocates a different regionalist approach to policy implementation.

Keywordsurban–rural fringe, urban containment strategy, villages, peri-urban livelihood, regionalism, Suzhou
JournalInternational Development Planning Review
Journal citation36 (4), pp. 413-434
ISSN1478-3401
Year2014
PublisherLiverpool University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3828/idpr.2014.27
Publication dates
Published2014

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