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China DOESN'T need more cement/concrete buildings, that "traffic building" idea just won't work.|
What the government is proposing is probably the best solution, but will anger the richest 10-15% in China.
It's actually quite simple. Most large/Tier 1-2 cities have too many private apartment complexes that are fenced/gated, and take up WAY too much space. The only solution is to drive around, which leads to bottlenecks even if there's a 4-6 lane wide road (8-12 total lanes) because there just aren't enough alternate routes going in the same general directions because of all these private roads.
It's like your body, with the carotid artery in your neck being one of the pressure points, along with the femoral in your leg, etc. There just aren't enough intersections/public roads available to take, with Beijing averaging about 20-30% of the total in the number of intersections per square km or per square mile...compared to cities like Tokyo, London, Paris or NY that might have 80-110 such intersections.
Of course, there will be complaints...but what provides the "greatest good for the greatest number?"
2) Safety of children/grandparents/schools inside those communities
3) People who don't pay for those apartments don't have the rights to use or even have access to the roads, golf courses, tennis clubs, parks, fountains, lakes, etc.
4) Rich people don't want "dangerous" lower middle class or poor people having access to their private, gated communities.
5) Theoretically higher crime rates.
Of course, there used to be no such thing as private property. The government (and people) theoretically own the land, collectively....except that's no longer the case. Or is it? Obviously, the government, real estate companies, construction companies/contractors have interest in making profit, but at the cost of 10-15% of the annual GDP caused by long commuting time from work to office as well as added greenhouse gases from more and more cars on the road, something needs to be done. The only question is will the private property rights of the owners (and if they did this, apartments might lose 15-25% of their value overnight) win out in the end?
In some ways, it would be a good way for the government to also bring down housing prices and make them more affordable.
How big of an issue is the time/length of commute to the average Chinese person that takes the bus or subway? The average Chinese person with a car but who can't afford to live in the 5-25 million RMB "gated communities," the families that are stuck on the "outside, looking in" and feel like they're falling further and further behind...?
Rich people would go nuts. But how much longer will the middle class, one that's become exceedingly vulnerable with planned job cuts in many industries (cement, coal, construction, solar power, manufacturing, metals)...be patient if they see their "China Dream" slipping away?