Coordinating Urban and Rural Development in China
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Coordinating Urban and Rural Development in China

Learning from Chengdu

Ye Yumin and Richard LeGates

This detailed study offers a succinct yet comprehensive introduction to China’s crucial policy to coordinate urban and rural development. It describes the theoretical, political, and economic reasons why China allowed a large gap between urban and rural incomes, public services, and quality of life to emerge, and the recent national and local government efforts to narrow this inequality.
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Chapter 11: What the world can learn from Chengdu

Learning from Chengdu

Ye Yumin and Richard LeGates


Chengdu’s bold experiments in coordinating urban and rural development are a work in progress. But after 10 years Chengdu has formulated and operationalized a new vision for how to plan and manage a city. While Chengdu’s vision is particularly relevant for Chinese cities, many of the issues Chengdu has confronted are common to developing countries worldwide. What can other cities in the world learn from Chengdu?

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