Razing Shantytowns and Raising New Villages: Urban Housing in the PRC, 1949-56

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Although the historical and economic conditions in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou varied greatly at the times they were liberated, all three cities went through periods of recovery and transition followed by larger-scale construction. The local governments in all three cities immediately began efforts to improve the living conditions of working class people through city planning and housing initiatives, whether it was cleaning up slums, constructing new worker’s dormitories, or surveying the population and repairing dangerous housing. While the extent to which each city received funding from the central government differed, it is clear that each city benefited significantly from improved city planning and improved housing conditions after liberation.

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Ivie, C., 2009. Razing Shantytowns and Raising New Villages: Urban Housing in the PRC, 1949-56. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, 16(2), pp.104–115. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.227
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Christy Ivie (Illinois Wesleyan University)

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