by Robert Kunzig

[…] Shanghai is returning the Huangpu River to its citizens. The city had been talking about the idea for more than a decade, but the scale and speed of the project, when it finally began in 2016, still surprised Qian Xin. Qian is a vice president at the Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute, which was tasked with planning the project: a 14-mile-long park through the dense core of China’s largest city, on both sides of the Huangpu, with walking, running, and bike trails, a lot of it on industrial land that had blocked access to the river…

Reblogged from National Geographic

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