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Old February 18th, 2013, 09:23 AM   #2261
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Old February 20th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #2262
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New Metro projects to benefit suburbs
Shanghai Daily
Feb 20, 2013

THE city this year will begin construction on two Metro lines, the planned Line 17 and the southern extension of Line 5, picking up the pace of subway expansion to serve suburban areas.

Five new lines or sections are now under construction, officials said.

Metro Line 17, running west part of the city, will connect the Hongqiao Transport Hub and suburban Qingpu District. Its stops will include the water town of Zhujiajiao, a popular tourism site, and the Oriental Land campsite, according to plans. It will have about 14 stations over 35 kilometers.

The extension of Line 5 will stretch south from the current stations to Fengxian District, including nine new stations. It is expected to reach the bay area later.

The traffic authorities also said yesterday that 12 stations of the second phase of Metro Line 11 are expected to be put into use this year.

The city has 12 lines in service, with more than 425 kilometers of subway track. The length will increase to more than 600 kilometers by 2015.

More than 36 percent of local commuters used the Metro routinely last year.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 04:26 AM   #2263
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City to improve public transport
Shanghai Daily
Feb 21, 2013

THE Shanghai government will continue to improve public transportation to ease traffic congestion in the city.

The plan calls for opening more bus-only lanes and further expanding the Metro network while also adding more parking spaces, officials said yesterday.

"Shanghai's public transport network will see an upgrade with three new subway lines or extensions going into service this year," said Qin Yun, chief engineer of the Shanghai Transport and Construction Commission.

Qin added that rising Metro passenger volumes and operational safety have placed stress on the subway network, which handles an average of 6 million passengers per day.

Although more residents are turning to the subway each day to get around the city, vehicle traffic has seen little improvement due to the increase in private car ownership and bad driving habits.

The commission said it will encourage more people to take the bus to and from work by adding bus-only lanes and giving buses shorter waits at traffic lights.

The city already has more than 160 kilometers of bus-only lanes and this is expected to reach 300 kilometers within five years.

Traffic authorities earlier warned that "drivers will face more severe road congestion and commuters will see more crowded subway carriages this year" as they struggle to keep pace with the city's economic development.

The commission said it is also working on the parking problem.

Government advisers suggested underground and civil-defense structures be renovated to create more parking spaces. The downtown area has more than 780,000 public parking spaces, but planners say 1.14 million are needed.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #2264
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New east-west 'passage' to speed traffic in 6 districts in north of city
Shanghai Daily
Feb 23, 2013

THE city will build a new thoroughfare across six districts in northern Shanghai to alleviate pressure on other elevated roads and ease congestion in northern parts of the city.

The east-to-west road, dubbed the Beiheng Passage, is expected to stretch 18.8 kilometers, connecting the Middle Ring Road in Changning District to the Inner Ring Road in Yangpu District.

Shanghai's development and reform committee has given the green light for the project, but construction authorities are still working on details.

According to a draft the thoroughfare will be composed of ground roads and elevated roads and have a speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour. The draft also calls for 13 pairs of ramps.

The project will be a good news for drivers who experience congestion on elevated roads like Yan'an Road.

The city had more than 1.4 million private cars by the end of last year, and the number is expected to increase to 1.62 million this year, said Zuo Tianfu, deputy chief with Shanghai Traffic Police. The locally registered vehicles surpass 2.62 million in total.

Drivers are seeing traffic slow on roads, especially elevated roads, and weekend traffic standstills are more frequent.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:47 AM   #2265
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Heartbeat of city's famous old Cao'an Market soon to be stilled
Shanghai Daily
Feb 25, 2013

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Shanghai February 2010 by Remko Tanis, on Flickr

THE loudspeaker tonelessly blares out what everyone already knows: The downtown market is closing.

Cao'an Market, Shanghai's oldest central wholesale-retail agricultural products market, is due to be shuttered at the end of the month, forcing stallholders and customers alike to less reknowned markets on the outskirts of the city or small neighborhood greengrocers.

In its waning days, the colorful landmark that has been selling fish, vegetables, meat and fruit to residents for 20 years is still ticking along, but somberness hangs in the air.

"Business goes on," said Liu Jianhua, 47, as he removes his work gloves at his mushroom stall in one corner of the market. "For us, we will just have to head where the business goes."

Perhaps somewhat reminiscent of the historic Les Halles wholesale wet market in central Paris that fell victim to urban redevelopment in the 1970s, Cao'an will be demolished to make way for gleaming new shopping malls, office buildings and hotels.

"I will remember the place fondly," said a retiree surnamed Xu, who lives nearby and was among the up to 30,000 people who went to the market every day.

"We have no choice but to go to other smaller green grocers nearby," another woman who shops regularly in the market said sadly.

Strolling through the market last week, a visitor couldn't help but be struck by the price of progress as yet another piece of old Shanghai is set to be gobbled up by modernization.

The major roadway inside the market, muddy after a night's rain, was clogged by pedestrians, carts, bikes and trucks, jostling amid the hubbub of hawkers. Fish flapped in the buckets of stall owner Jiang Jiabao. On the wall behind him is a notice he penned in large characters: "Our stall will move to a nearby wet market and continue operation. We welcome all customers, old and new."

Jiang said he and his wife will not relocate to a market on the outskirts of town. It's too far away, he said, and the daily commute would affect his products.

At a stall across from Jiang's, a fishmonger surnamed Song said he will probably go out of business after selling fish for 10 years. "I do not know where to go," he said. "Other markets are not as good as this."

Price of modernization

Cao'an has long been the premier wet market of Shanghai, thanks to its prime downtown location at the west gate of the city. More than 1,500 stalls there have done annual trade valued at 6 billion yuan (US$952 million). Prices were generally up to 30 percent cheaper, attracting shoppers seeking the freshest ingredients at the lowest prices.

As Shanghai modernized, old landmark industries sitting on what has become very valuable downtown real estate have been progressively moved out to make way for flashy new structures. Cao'an Market itself shrunk in size when the Middle Ring Road was built.

Kang Zujian, the brains behind the market and its main operative for two decades, said he will retire when the market closes. "My mission in life is over," said Kang, in his early 70s, who has handed over transition details to a task force of district government officials.

Signs of retreat are obvious. Some stalls are already shuttered. The monthly trade volume at the market late last year dropped significantly. On one December night alone, wholesale trade in Chinese cabbages was only 14 tons, compared with the usual 50 tons.

For many stallholders, the market's demise is deeply personal.

"My whole family is here," said Feng Zunchun, 62, a wholesale fruit seller who employs his son, daughter and daughter-in-law. "I guess I will go back to my hometown in Jiangsu Province. They can carry on the family business at a new location."

Mushroom seller Liu, snapping awake from a quick nap before the noisy nighttime trade begins about 7pm, said he will probably move his business to a wet market in suburban Baoshan District, an hour's drive away. It's one of six options offered to stallholders. All agree that no new site can begin to rival Cao'an.

In a mostly abandoned two-story building next to the meats, a clocking-in machine still hangs on the wall. A garbage collector wanders narrow market pathways. The atmosphere is eerie as a loudspeaker blares: "Attention, operators! To avoid losses, be advised not to purchase more goods ... "
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Old February 28th, 2013, 07:50 AM   #2266
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Main part of Lujiazui skywalk completed
Shanghai Daily
2013-2-27

The main section of a skywalk in the skyscraper-studded Lujiazui area has been built, enabling commuters to walk from the Metro station to their office towers over road traffic, officials said yesterday.

Landmark buildings like Shanghai ifc, Jinmao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center will be easier to reach upon the completion of the elevated walkway in October. The 540-meter main section stretches from the Lujiazui Station of Metro Line 2 to these landmarks.

Office workers have long complained about chaotic traffic in the Lujiazui area and their long walk to office towers which are highly visible but hardly accessible.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 10:37 AM   #2267
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Some projects from gaoloumi.com (they do not credit sources):
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Part1

1. "Triangle plot" in Lujazui (probably this one: http://goo.gl/maps/pxSrE)



2. Project in Zhabei district



3. Phase 2 of SOHO The Exchange (东海广场) in Jing An district (http://goo.gl/maps/tTwC6)

It's the shorter tower, the tall one already exists (phase one).
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Old March 1st, 2013, 10:54 AM   #2268
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Part 2


4. Project in Jing An district



5. Phase 2 of 大悦城 (http://goo.gl/maps/dGMpx)



6. Project by CapitaLand in Luwan (designed by Safdie)



5. Project in Pudong (designed by RTKL and Murphy)(http://goo.gl/maps/D3DxO)



6. Redevelopment of some building in Jing An district



7. Project in Pudong (designed by Murphy/Jahn) (http://goo.gl/maps/oj1Ul)
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 12:58 AM   #2269
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I like a lot the project number 6, very nice change
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 02:08 AM   #2270
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I like a lot the project number 6, very nice change
Yeah!~
It's like there's a new wave of design washing over the city now...quite refreshing.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 05:04 PM   #2271
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it is great, it will improve the image of China
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Old March 3rd, 2013, 05:19 AM   #2272
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Hutong Railway construction major boon for Yangtze delta
Shanghai Daily
Mar 2, 2013

CONSTRUCTION has started on a railway project connecting Shanghai and Nantong, authorities announced yesterday.

The Hutong Railway is expected to shorten travel time and improve regional transportation, officials said.

The railway, some 137 kilometers long, includes 18 kilometers in Shanghai and 119 in Jiangsu. It will mark the completion of a railway system running north and south connecting the coastal Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.

The railway should be finished in five and a half years. The main phase, from west Nantong in Jiangsu Province to Anting in Shanghai's Jiading District, will have nine stops.

With a designed speed of 200 kilometers per hour, it will take only an hour for a one-way trip, half the time of a long-distance bus, according to the Ministry of Railways.

"The Hutong Railway is an important part of China's great coastal railway channel," said Vice Minister Lu Dongfu.

The railway should improve transportation capacity across the Yangtze River and have a significant impact on regional economics, according to Lu.

A new, 1,092-meter cable-stayed bridge for trains and road traffic, which is expected to be the biggest bridge of its type in the world, will span the Yangtze River, said Zhang Min, director of the China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance & Design Institute.

A cable-stayed bridge has towers or pylons from which cables support the deck. The bridge will have four railway and six vehicle lanes.

"The Hutong Railway should be the third channel across the Yangtze River after Sutong and Chongqi bridges," said Zhang.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 05:12 AM   #2273
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Yuexing Universal Mall, 240m x 2

Opening on May 1st this will be the largest shopping mall of Shanghai (480k sqm). It'll connect with subway line 3/4/13.



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Old March 5th, 2013, 05:16 AM   #2274
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largest...and ugliest
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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:32 PM   #2275
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480K sq m? Is that including the office part or just the actual retail mall?
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have you more picctures and renders?
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480K sq m? Is that including the office part or just the actual retail mall?
480K sq m is the whole structure area, including

Shopping mall: 320K sq m
Office: 80K sq m
5-star hotel: 40K sq m
Apartment: 40K sq m

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have you more picctures and renders?
here it is,

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Aug 6th 2011
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320 sq m is still pretty huge. That probably puts it somewhere among world's top 20 largest shopping malls.

In this picture (the last slide), however, it says 270K? http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/g...rsalMall-1.jpg or is it a different measure such as gross area vs leaseable area?
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It claims to be world's largest city shopping mall.

I guess 270K is the out-of-date information. The render was initially posted in 2009 and even the subway info is not correct in that picture.
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