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Redevelopment, displacement, housing conditions, and residential satisfaction: a study of Shanghai


  • Si-ming Li
  • Yu-ling Song


Chinese cities are undergoing massive transformation. One after another, inner-city neighbourhoods of pre-1949 origin and work-unit compounds built in the socialist period are being torn apart, giving way to glossy office towers and luxurious condominiums. Millions of people have been uprooted and forced to be relocated. Mass media and research based on case studies generally convey a message of widespread grievance among the displaced residents. Based on a survey of 1200 households conducted in Shanghai in 2006, the present study provides a systematic account of the profiles of the displaced residents, juxtaposed against other resident groups of the city. The major conclusion is that, irrespective of all the criticisms concerning unregulated demolitions and forced evictions, the housing conditions of displaced residents are somewhat better than those of other Shanghai residents, both objectively and in terms of subjective evaluations.

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  • Si-ming Li & Yu-ling Song, 2009. "Redevelopment, displacement, housing conditions, and residential satisfaction: a study of Shanghai," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 41(5), pages 1090-1108, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:41:y:2009:i:5:p:1090-1108

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    1. David Ley & Sin Yih Teo, 2014. "Gentrification in Hong Kong? Epistemology vs. Ontology," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(4), pages 1286-1303, July.

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