Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Intelligent Cities: Megacity Mergers in China

Imagine joining nine cities together to create a metropolis or mega city of over 42 milion people, a population bigger than Canada's ( we have 34 M).

City planners in China are looking at merging the nine cities around the Pearl River Delta, which would create a land mass of city dwelling that is 65 times greater than Toronto, and if merged will account for more than 10% of China's economy, due to the heavy manufacturing heartland.

Plans are underway over the next 6 years to invest in over 200 infrastructure projects (transport, energy, telecom, etc), cost of over $300B - now that is urban planning extreme.

By the end of the decade, China plans to consolidate more cities to strengthen services and consolidate costs for greater efficiencies.

As the megacity China growth strategy gathers momentum, investment is anticipated to exceed $US1Trillion, with an investment of $500B in high speed rail.

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