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Beijing to Rehabilitate 127,000 Slum Households in Three...

Beijing to Rehabilitate 127,000 Slum Households in Three Years

Beijing recently announced the “Beijing 2016 Slum Household Rehabilitation and Environment Remediation Tasks.” The document indicates that this year, Beijing will complete the rehabilitation of 35,000 slum housing units to improve living conditions, including 30,000 units in the central city and 5,000 in the suburbs. The 35,000 slum households quota has been distributed throughout the

The disappearing bungalows, Beijing, China

Beijing recently announced the "Beijing 2016 Slum Household Rehabilitation and Environment Remediation Tasks." The document indicates that this year, Beijing will complete the rehabilitation of 35,000 slum housing units to improve living conditions, including 30,000 units in the central city and 5,000 in the suburbs.

The 35,000 slum households quota has been distributed throughout the city districts. 30,000 households are in the central city, and were assigned to 112 different projects; 5,000 households are in the suburban districts, at the exception of Huairou District, and were assigned to 27 projects. Each district has its own task table that lists the projects’ names, properties, and locations. Besides 99 newly added slums, this project also includes the rehabilitation of blighted single-story bungalows and the rebuilding of the most unsafe houses, like the Dongcheng District project near the Temple of Heaven and the four Hutongs remediation project at the South Gong and Drum Lane.

The disappearing slums, Beijing, China

Another document titled "Suggestions On Further Accelerating Slum and Urban and Rural Blighted Housing Rehabilitation and Affiliated Supporting Infrastructure Construction," indicates that since 2013, Beijing has rehabilitated over 80,000 households, including 3,531 rural blighted houses. These efforts have greatly improved citizens' living conditions. Beijing is working on rehabilitating 127,000 housing units in slums and small old town districts, and 2,600 rural blighted houses from 2015 to 2017. The city will also increase the support for the development of roads, sewage and water supply infrastructure.

To optimize the selection process, the city will also further refine slum identification conditions and criteria. Structures that were selected to be remodeled to become earthquake resistant, to improve their energy savings or for minor transformation, will also be part of the rehabilitation projects. These projects will receive proportional financial support.

In the Dongcheng and Xicheng districts, Beijing plans to increase the municipal fixed asset investment in support of slum rehabilitation. The city will also offer financial support through capital injection to reclaim land for green space and other commonweal infrastructure, as well as to slum rehabilitation projects in need of funding. For slums that qualify for rehabilitation in these districts, the capital injection ratio will increase from 10% to 20%. In addition, the city will offer financial support for institutions to improve public services as well as administrative and professional assistance.

Does your city suffer from blight? Are there slums in your city? What does the government do to improve the situation?  Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.

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The original article, published in Chinese, can be found here.

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