After scuttling plans in 2010 to redevelop Beijing’s historic Bell and Drum Tower neighborhoods, demolition of a nearby square has now begun. The government has announced plans to restore the tangle of hutongs back to its...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 24, 2011
Protests in Guangdong over land reclaimed for development that CDT covered two days ago are still ongoing, according to Reuters: Lufeng, a city of 1.7 million, saw violent clashes with authorities earlier in the week, when...
by Samuel Wade | Jul 22, 2011
Shenzhen residents are accusing a local real estate company of releasing thousands of scorpions into their homes to clear the way for demolition and redevelopment. From Shanghai Daily: A man holding a bucket was seen walking out...
by Sophie Beach | Jul 7, 2011
The New York Times reports from Wuhan on the extensive redevelopment plans for the city and the problem of local debt incurred by Chinese cities’ ambitious building projects: The plans for Wuhan, a provincial capital about...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 13, 2010
Time Magazine looks at the transient nature of China’s cities: The ever-changing urban landscape has become a common scene in many Chinese cities. According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China is...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 22, 2010
For Huffington Post, Danwei’s Alice Xin Liu writes about the commercialization of once-arty sections of Beijing: Nanluogu Xiang is located in one of the richest neighborhoods in the city — once in terms of its...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 13, 2010
Shanghai Scrap has interviewed Amy L. Sommers, an American lawyer who tried to buy a pre-War home in Shanghai and became intimately familiar with the legal complexities of ownership claims on old buildings there. She later wrote...
by Sophie Beach | Feb 24, 2010
In the Guardian, Tania Branigan has more details about the recent protest by artists forced out of their studios in Beijing: The demolitions in Chaoyang district are only the latest of many. One person whose studio is threatened...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 29, 2010
Disputes over forced evictions as land gets sold for redevelopment have resulted in violent protests in recent years throughout China. New rules may give homeowners more rights and help ease tensions, Reuters reports: With...
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