Planning a Mega City

Changan Avenue, the 10-lane thoroughfare which slices east-west through the city. Photograph: Imaginechina/Corbis

The Guardian has written an article on how 14th-century planning shaped the city of Beijing.

“The seemingly incoherent sprawl of modern Beijing is based on meticulous plans to bind citizens together under imperial rule. Conceived as a means of enforcing social order, the impact of planning remains strong in the city today.”

While the article does not focus on transportation matters, they come up here and there in the discussion.

~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post

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