We present the TPJ article “Politicized Gentrification: The New Urban Renewal Movement in Beijing,” by Wei (Windy) Zhao. Zhao explains that because some of Beijing businesses were so tiny, they were unwelcoming. To improve this condition, window walls were added for transactions with customers. The aim was for the neighborhood to not only enjoy improved social exchange, but for businesses to better serve residents of the local community.
Lastly, we share information from the book Issues and Trends in Global Housing (2020).
While in 2017 the Beijing municipal government passed a three-year urban renewal policy with the goal of restoring the built environment of the historic city center, why has the outcome been instead the closing of thousands of businesses and many people leaving the city? In “Politicized Gentrification: The New Urban Renewal Movement in Beijing,” the author Wei (Windy) Zhao’s examines:
“archival research and interviews” and “argues that the Beijing municipal government is merely using urban renewal as camouflage for a politically-oriented gentrification project which not only eliminates non-permanent residents, but also deconstructs, as well as reconstructs, ‘place’ at the local level as a means to control social activities and relationships.”
The once continuous solid wall inside Lvmicang Hutong has been broken down by continuous storefronts serving local residents.
The idea of place-making has been utilized as a structure for professionals to encourage inclusive belonging, social sustainability, and dependable safety for inhabitants of a given locale. Zhao’s research delves into the current conditions of the place of Beijing.
We thank the author!
Wei Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Louisiana Tech University.
In Issues and Trends in Global Housing, the author Miguel Fernandez examines housing as it relates to health and policy issues. Fernandez continues to study housing in a variety of locales including the US, Mexico, Canada, China, and Germany. This book brings to the surface problems and practices regarding housing in countries around the world.
To learn more, check out: Issues and Trends in Global Housing
The article “Politicized Gentrification: The New Urban Renewal Movement in Beijing” by Wei (Windy) Zhao and the book Issues and Trends in Global Housing by Miguel Fernandez provide the reader with a wide breadth of pertinent information about housing issues around the world. Explore to learn more!
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