Monocentric or Polycentric? The Urban Spatial Structure of Employment in Beijing
AbstractThe spatial structure of Beijing has changed dramatically since the reforms of the late 1970s. It is not clear, however, whether these changes have been sufficient to transform the city’s monocentric spatial structure into a polycentric one. This paper uses 2010 enterprise registered data to investigate the spatial distribution of employment in Beijing. Using a customized grid to increase the spatial resolution of our results, we explore the city’s employment density distribution and investigate potential employment subcenters. This leads to several findings. First, Beijing still has strong monocentric characteristics; second, the city has a very large employment center rather than a small central business district; third, five subcenters are identified, including four in the suburbs; and fourth, a polycentric model that includes these subcenters possesses more explanatory power than a simple monocentric model, but by only four percentage. We conclude that the spatial structure of Beijing is still quite monocentric, but may be in transition to a polycentric pattern. View Full-Text
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Huang, D.; Liu, Z.; Zhao, X. Monocentric or Polycentric? The Urban Spatial Structure of Employment in Beijing. Sustainability 2015, 7, 11632-11656.
Huang D, Liu Z, Zhao X. Monocentric or Polycentric? The Urban Spatial Structure of Employment in Beijing. Sustainability. 2015; 7(9):11632-11656.Chicago/Turabian Style
Huang, Daquan; Liu, Zhen; Zhao, Xingshuo. 2015. "Monocentric or Polycentric? The Urban Spatial Structure of Employment in Beijing." Sustainability 7, no. 9: 11632-11656.