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Old March 28th, 2011, 12:05 PM   #401
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I disagree, the revenue stream can be huge. If you asked me to fine 30 RMB for any parking violation around my place, I would make thousands RMB a day.
But how many officers do they need to hire to patrol the city's streets to generate those revenues? Compare that to only a limited number needed to man the toll booths with a steady stream of vehicles passing without the staff putting in any effort to walk around and hunt down business.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #402
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I didn't mean to hijack the thread with the posting of parking photos, but I do have plenty of photos showing the police either being part of the problem or turning a blind eye to it on their front doorstep.

You are right, the ability to police using cameras is a big reason they enforce speeding on main roads and crossing red lights because there are restrictions on how many police the city can hire. The public security guards are much cheaper too, but have limited ability to enforce anything. But everyone knows how to evade the cameras. Drivers know which intersections do not have cameras, so be careful at those places because red lights will be run.

As for it not being a big income stream, parking violations alone bring in US$ 600 million per year for New York City. It is the only municipal fine that is costs less to collect money than it costs to enforce the collection. For the smaller Seattle it is about US$50 million.

You cannot control congestion without controlling parking. See Moscow, another city that lacks parking enforcement.

Anyhow, I do want to thank you for posing the SCMP articles and know that they do not necessarily reflect your opinion. I would not have access to the articles otherwise. Also, I like congestion pricing overall as it raises the variable cost of driving--especially in ways that can shift driver behavior away from certain places and times. The variable cost, not fixed costs, are what the driver takes into account when deciding whether or not to drive. For the transit passenger all costs are variable, while for the driver most costs are fixed. So it really is hard to get people out of the car, especially when the variable parking cost is made to be zero.
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Old April 13th, 2011, 05:17 PM   #403
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New doubt over Shenzhen-Zhongshan link
8 April 2011
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A project to give Shenzhen much-wanted direct access to the western Pearl River Delta is in danger of being shelved again.

Shenzhen first came up with the plan to build an underwater tunnel or a bridge to connect it with Zhongshan about five years ago - shortly after its request to be included in the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge scheme was rejected by Beijing due to Hong Kong's strong reaction.

Shenzhen responded by proposing to build the tunnel or bridge, which also raised concerns in Hong Kong as the project was to run parallel to the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge. Some mainland experts estimated that the Shenzhen-Zhongshan corridor could lure 40 per cent of the bridge's likely traffic away.

However, Shenzhen could not get political backing from either the provincial or the central government - both wanted the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge to have priority - and the plan was set aside.

Shenzhen revived the idea last year - this time apparently with the Guangdong government's blessing. Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua said in January that the project would be included in its 12th five-year plan. It was estimated to cost around 30 billion yuan (HK$35.6 billion).

But just as Shenzhen thought it had finally got what it wanted, it was told that the National Development and Reform Commission - the mainland's top economic planner - had decided to build a bridge between Humen in Dongguan and Nansha in Guangzhou as part of its regional railway project.

It was a serious blow for Shenzhen as a Humen-Nansha bridge would run parallel to the Shenzhen-Zhongshan corridor, leaving the latter with little chance of being given approval.

Some politicians in Shenzhen were disappointed that the city had once again been left out.

"In the past, the Shenzhen-Zhongshan bridge was put on hold because the central government wanted to support Hong Kong," said Jin Xinyi , a member of the Shenzhen committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

"Shenzhen has already been marginalised last time because we had to care for people in Hong Kong and Macau," Jin said. "Now Guangzhou also wants to take away our bread."

Some Shenzhen political delegates to the national and provincial assemblies complained in private that delegates from Hong Kong had for years tried to shoot down the Shenzhen-Zhongshan link project in order to protect Hong Kong's position.

The latest twist again exposed the behind-the-scene rivalries among Pearl River Delta cities.

Many in Shenzhen felt the city was not competing on a level playing field with Hong Kong, which they said had the ear of Beijing, and Guangzhou, the provincial capital.

Jin admitted the future of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan corridor was now far from certain.

"It may have been included in Guangdong's 12th five-year plan. But there is no timetable and they haven't even decided the landing point locations. Now we suddenly have this new bridge [between Humen and Dongguan]. This is not what Shenzhen had anticipated."

Jin said the rivalries would leave the region divided and the ultimate winner would be Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta. "Who is happy to see Hong Kong fail? Who wants to replace its position? It's not Shenzhen. It's Shanghai."

Ding Li , an expert on regional economics at the Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, said the Guangzhou to Dongguan link made more economic sense.

"First Guangzhou is an more important engine in driving [the economy of] whole Guangdong. It's natural the provincial and central government will consider it ahead of Shenzhen. Second, we have already invested a lot on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. Do we need another one so close to it?

"In the end this is all about rivalries among Pearl River Delta cities. Beijing will be the arbitrator."
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Old April 25th, 2011, 10:14 PM   #404
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New developments in Futian by 深丁 from a Chinese photography forum (2009 photos) :





Notice any changes since then?
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Old April 28th, 2011, 09:05 PM   #405
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Reprieve for Illegal buildings
2011-April-27 08:53
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CITY authorities are considering including illegal buildings in the government-subsidized housing project, Chinese-language media reported yesterday quoting a draft proposal by the city’s anti-illegal construction office.

According to the draft, the office proposes to turn some confiscated illegal buildings into government low-cost and low-rent homes for low-income families in the city.

Early figures from the city’s housing and construction bureau show that there are about 230,000 eligible families waiting for government-subsidized homes and the number is expected to grow to 320,000 by the end of 2015, the last year of the 12nd Five-Year Program.

However, floor space of illegal construction across the city was 293 million square meters, with most of this in Longgang and Bao’an districts, according to a government survey on the city’s illegal construction in 2008.

However, it was not known how the authorities would proceed, yesterday’s Southern Metropolis Daily said.

“We are still studying the matter,” said an unidentified official with the city’s anti-illegal construction office. “After all, there are many historical problems [concerning illegal buildings] which need to be solved.” (SD News)
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Old April 29th, 2011, 03:42 AM   #406
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travel shenzhen,visited MINX and coastal city.
coastal city or Hi-An Tsun is big.near conventional center,at first I though it was airport !
but one curious question, most of the electronic appliance store carry japanese or korean LED/LCD TV,but no konka,TCL or haier.
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Old May 24th, 2011, 12:58 PM   #407
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Rendering images of ShiXia New Century Times Plaza in FuTian district.
Taken today.

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Old May 25th, 2011, 03:31 AM   #408
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Old May 25th, 2011, 03:56 AM   #409
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And this one is quite discreet as it's in a quite narrow street close to FuMin Lu. But the digging is already done and they're going up already...
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Old May 25th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #410
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Any more projects YannSZ?
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Old May 30th, 2011, 12:42 PM   #411
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Shenzhen HuanLeHaiAn (欢乐海岸) under construction:
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Shenzhen BinHai Hospital (滨海医院) under construction:
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ShenNan Road under re construction:
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Old May 30th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #412
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Thanks for the update. I was wondering why part of Shennan Avenue was closed when I was in SZ. Now I see.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 06:11 AM   #413
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Tunnel mulled to link Qianhai and Shekou
2011-June-1 08:53
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A TUNNEL linking Qianhai with the Shekou and Houhai areas in Nanshan District is being considered to relieve traffic congestion and promote the economy, sources from the city’s planning and land resources commission said.

In a response to Zhou Xueliang, a deputy to the Nanshan District People’s Congress, the commission said the Dananshan Tunnel, which has been listed as part of Qianhai’s development plans, will link Zhaoshang Road in Shekou’s east and Gangcheng Road in the west.

The 1.65-kilometer tunnel would have four lanes.

Zhou submitted the proposal to build the Dananshan Tunnel to the district congress in January this year.

Qianhai would be built into a cooperative zone for modern service industries between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, while Houhai would be built into an economic and financial center for corporate headquarters, according to the development plans for the next 10 years. But two roads linking the Qianhai and Houhai areas, Dongbin and Guimiao roads, had heavy traffic that was hampering the economic growth of Nanshan, Zhou said.

Zhou said the tunnel would promote logistics and facilitate exchange between the Qianhai and Houhai areas and stimulate economic development.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #414
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When are they going to link Hong Kong and Shenzen in one major metropolis?
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Old June 6th, 2011, 02:31 AM   #415
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Does anyone have any information or photos of what's happening with the area of future Qianhai Water City?
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Old June 8th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #416
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPNSMezX5Gs

a new video about Qianhai Water City (at least I haven´t seen it yet)
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Is Qianhai water city would mostly consist of highrises ?
And what is the schedule for this huge project ?
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Old June 9th, 2011, 09:08 AM   #418
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPNSMezX5Gs

a new video about Qianhai Water City (at least I haven´t seen it yet)
Thanks for posting this here. I haven't seen it either. There are two other presentational videos on Youtube that already have been posted here.
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Old June 15th, 2011, 03:13 AM   #419
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