Jobs-housing balance and development zones in China: a case study of Suzhou Industry Park

Zhou, Jiangping, Wang, Yiming, Cao, Guohua and Wang, Shusheng (2016) Jobs-housing balance and development zones in China: a case study of Suzhou Industry Park. Urban Geography, 1-18. doi:10.1080/02723638.2016.1152845

Author Zhou, Jiangping
Wang, Yiming
Cao, Guohua
Wang, Shusheng
Title Jobs-housing balance and development zones in China: a case study of Suzhou Industry Park
Journal name Urban Geography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-3638
Publication date 2016-03-16
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02723638.2016.1152845
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Development zones in China are planned as self-contained communities in order to achieve a locally balanced distribution of jobs and homes. Yet the plans are often defied by the market, leading to jobs-housing imbalance as an undesired consequence. In this paper, we examine the case of Suzhou Industry Park (SIP) to explore what has actually happened within a Chinese development zone. Our study reveals the de facto qualitative jobs-housing imbalance within SIP notwithstanding the de jure quantitative balance as envisaged in the local land-use plan. This finding explains why most workers within SIP have to search for homes far away from their workplaces. The qualitative imbalance is attributable to a series of interrelated factors, including (a) the oversupply of industrial land vis-à-vis the undersupply of land for public facilities and residential amenities, (b) the unaffordable house price for local workers, and (c) the increased use of automobiles by commuters. On top of its policy implications, this paper also reflects on the fundamental relationship between planning and market as a broader intellectual perspective to study urban China’s mobility, housing and social issues.
Keyword Excess commuting
Jobs-housing balance
Suzhou Industry Park
The market
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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