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

Si Ming Li*, Yu Ling Song

*Corresponding author for this work

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Chinese cities are undergoing massive transformation. One after another, inner-city neighbour-hoods 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1090-1108
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironment and Planning A: Economy and Space
Issue number5
Early online date1 May 2009
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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