“Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people.”

The New York Times reports on the proposed Jing-Jin-Ji.  It’s population of six times the size of New York City will cover an area the size of Kansas.

imageChina has been pushing an aggressive agenda of massing its people into new urban configurations.  But as it pushes its primarily rural peasant population to move into cities, it’s created upheaval.

 

Move, change, upheaval.  Is this unique?  Not entirely.  This brings to mind America’s urban story.  Our cities grew as 19th and early 20th century European immigrants arrived.  African-Americans moved northward to Chicago and Detroit when their factory workers went off to 20th century world wars.  Since the late 20th century gentrification has been changing the face of many neighborhoods.  Resulting in increasing diversity in the suburbs.

But unique to China is the formal, controlled and massive way it’s taking place.

Will Chinese economic-social goals be achieved in this forced-march?  Or will the cost to its humanity outweigh benefits to China’s business?

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