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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 1001; doi:10.3390/su9061001

An Evaluation of Urban Renewal Policies of Shenzhen, China

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School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, 174 Sha zheng Road, Chongqing 400045, China
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Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon 999077, Hong Kong, China
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School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong 3220, Australia
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Academic Editor: Tan Yigitcanlar
Received: 8 May 2017 / Revised: 4 June 2017 / Accepted: 6 June 2017 / Published: 9 June 2017
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Abstract

Urban renewal is a pragmatic approach in the sustainable urban development of urban areas, and has now become an essential strategy for most metropolises in China. The question of how urban renewal can best be realized has gained the attention of urban planning researchers looking to formulate practical evidence-based urban renewal policies through policy instruments. This paper analyzes the urban renewal policies of Shenzhen, a pioneer city in China in the promulgation of urban renewal legislation. In doing so, an analytical framework is established by focusing on three main policy instruments, along with several sub-instruments within them. Shenzhen’s five main urban renewal policies, issued between 2009 and 2016, are analyzed through this framework. Content analysis and pattern-matching is used in the review and analysis of the data. The results show that “Environment” side policies tend to be the most widely applied by the Shenzhen municipal government. Additionally, “Regulation Control” and “Goal-planning” policies are the two instruments most frequently adopted as sub-instruments. Moreover, it is found that the application of “Supply” side polices and “Demand” side polices needs be strengthened. These findings identify the types of urban renewal policies currently employed in China and provide a clear understanding of the current policy priorities, with suggestions and insight into further urban renewal policy initiatives for Shenzhen and beyond. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban renewal; urban planning; urban development; policy instruments; context analysis; Shenzhen; China urban renewal; urban planning; urban development; policy instruments; context analysis; Shenzhen; China
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Liu, G.; Yi, Z.; Zhang, X.; Shrestha, A.; Martek, I.; Wei, L. An Evaluation of Urban Renewal Policies of Shenzhen, China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1001.

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