Next Article in Journal
Residential Solar PV Planning in Santiago, Chile: Incorporating the PM10 Parameter
Next Article in Special Issue
Contextualism and Sustainability: A Community Renewal in Old City of Beijing
Previous Article in Journal
Maize Production Responsiveness to Land Use Change and Climate Trends in Cameroon
Previous Article in Special Issue
Factors Influencing the Conversion of Arable Land to Urban Use and Policy Implications in Beijing, China
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 398-421;

Place, Capital Flows and Property Regimes: The Elites’ Former Houses in Beijing’s South Luogu Lane

School of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
Institute of Beijing Studies, Beijing Union University, Beijing 100101, China
Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 550 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 21 August 2014 / Accepted: 22 December 2014 / Published: 31 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Landscape and Sustainability)
Full-Text   |   PDF [3461 KB, uploaded 24 February 2015]   |  


Place is seen as a process whereby social and cultural forms are reproduced. This process is closely linked to capital flows, which are, in turn, shaped by changing property regimes. However, relatively little attention has been paid to the relationship between property regimes, capital flows and place-making. The goal of this paper is to highlight the role of changing property regimes in the production of place. Our research area is South Luogu Lane (SLL) in Central Beijing. We take elites’ former houses in SLL as the main unit of analysis in this study. From studying this changing landscape, we draw four main conclusions. First, the location of SSL was critical in enabling it to emerge as a high-status residential community near the imperial city. Second, historical patterns of capital accumulation influenced subsequent rounds of private investment into particular areas of SLL. Third, as laws relating to the ownership of land and real estate changed fundamentally in the early 1950s and again in the 1980s, the target and intensity of capital flows into housing in SLL changed too. Fourth, these changes in capital flow are linked to ongoing changes in the place image of SLL. View Full-Text
Keywords: place-making; capital flows; property regimes; elites’ former houses; Beijing place-making; capital flows; property regimes; elites’ former houses; Beijing

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Cheng, Z.; Zhou, S.; Young, S. Place, Capital Flows and Property Regimes: The Elites’ Former Houses in Beijing’s South Luogu Lane. Sustainability 2015, 7, 398-421.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top