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Saving the Culture of One of China’s Oldest Settlements

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SOURCE: Congress for the New Urbanism

Old Town is where Shanghai began as a fishing village in the 13th century, and it retains some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods inside the former wall boundary. Yet these low-rise, tightly packed residential areas are in poor condition and in danger of redevelopment... The 380-acre Old Town Master Plan brings strategic regeneration, new public spaces, and the modernization of infrastructure, including transit systems, green infrastructure, walkable streetscapes, and bicycle facilities—while prioritizing preservation.

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