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Posted by Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D. on March 15, 2010
This is the second in a three part series on Smart Cities. Best to start with Part I.
According to the World Bank, China's urban population was 191 million in 1980. By 2007, it was 594 million, excluding migrants. About half of China's population now lives in cities, and that trend looks likely to continue particularly as the government relaxes restrictions on internal movement institutionalized in the strict hukou system of residential registration.
And, bigger cities face bigger challenges to meet the needs of their burgeoning populations:
Urban issues and the pressure from increased urbanization are at the forefront of the policy debate in China, and in other emerging markets. Urban planning and development will address these issues, and smart cities initiatives provide solutions.
Read more in the next installment Two Approaches to Making Smart Cities.
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