|Title||The costs of urban growth at the fringe of a Chinese city: evidence from Jinshi Village in Suzhou|
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.
|Keywords||urban–rural fringe, urban containment strategy, villages, peri-urban livelihood, regionalism, Suzhou|
|Journal||International Development Planning Review|
|Journal citation||36 (4), pp. 413-434|
|Publisher||Liverpool University Press|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.3828/idpr.2014.27|