Posted by urbanite on April 02, 2003 at 14:23:25:
In Reply to: ArchWeek - Developing Beijing posted by Kevin Matthews on March 05, 2003 at 11:31:20:
First, i am glad to see an article like this. The author did a good job touching various aspects of development in Beijing. Second, about the multi-nodal pattern, I question its long-term sustainability and its impact on valuable farmland surrounding the urbanized area and environment in general. I am of the opinion that the focus should be on the already urbanized area and taming traffic by reorganizing major city road network and enhancing alternative modes of travel then cars. I get this idea from talking to people who believe the ring road system partly contribute to congestion (i.e. you have to get on one of the ring roads from point A to B, therefore, causing congestion on the ring roads). Third, the author mentioned developer not doing their home work and not responding to "real demand" of the market. I don't know how much of the problem has to do with a market that does not behave all that rationally. Besides, the Chinese cusomers have yet to become more sophisticated. Developers can still bank on creating an image that represents "prestige" (packaging) rather than a solid product.
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