SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2018, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (2): 161-167.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2018.02.001

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Redevelopment of Residential Land and the Densification of Inner City Admist Transition: Revisiting the Case of Jinhua Neighbourhood in Guangzhou

Youliang Guo1(), Xun Li1,2()   

  1. 1.School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, China
    2. Urbanization Institute of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, Guangdong, China
  • Received:2017-02-14 Revised:2017-08-09 Online:2018-04-10 Published:2018-04-10
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China (41571118)


This article studies the effects of residents' demands and municipal government's value preference in policy-making on the space of inner city in urban regeneration. Through the case study of Jinhua Neighbourhood redevelopment project in Guangzhou, this study analyses the process of redevelopment plan adjustment and the resultant spatial characteristics under the dominance of municipal government, and attributes the high redevelopment FAR to local residents' demands for livelihoods and municipal government's people-oriented redevelopment arrangements. Specifically, based on the redevelopment framework of quasi-market financing and welfare-oriented housing demolition and resettlement, requirements being made on developers by the municipal government regarding the provision of public service facilities as well as the offering of interim houses and subsidies and on-site resettlement to relocated residents have in turn forced the municipal government to increasingly raise the redevelopment FAR to keep the redevelopment economics in equilibrium. In the aspects of buildings and populations, the Jinhua Neighbourhood redevelopment represents a densification of space, namely, an urban social spatial phenomenon about infilling on-site resettlement buildings with financing buildings, and infilling on-site resettlement populations with house buyers, which indicates that the Jinhua Neighbourhood redevelopment is by no means a process of gentrification featured by the local indigenous people being edged out of their community by the middle-class group. In the end, this article puts forward some suggestions on current urban policy of Guangzhou.

Key words: urban regeneration, densification of urban space, gentrification, Jinhua Neighbourhood, Guangzhou

CLC Number: 

  • F299.2