A Utopian Vision But Nobody Home

This FT article “No One Home” about Chenggong, China (20 km from Kunming in Yunnan Province) shows how government efforts to take pressure off of rapidly growing developing country cities don’t always work, but if you got deep pockets, as China does, you can sit out the vacant buildings and streets while waiting for the wave of new workers and residents to arrive (or just moving them yourself).

A new town, marble-tiled government buildings, a luxe high school with an indoor swimming pool and several regional university campuses – a utopian dream by some standards. An empty one for now.

Like the inside of a bubble?

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