I. URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
F. The century-spanning blueprint of Shanghai city
1. The modern metropolis needs a modern town system
Shanghai's town system consists mainly of the central city, subsidiary cities, second-class cities and small local towns. The subsidiary cities and the second-class cities are the anti-magnetic points and small local towns are the growth points in certain regions. The development of axes will be the first priority and a megalopolis centred in Shanghai will be formed in the Yangtze Delta through connecting cities by Pudong railway, highways and the Yangtze river course.
(a) Shanghai's hierarchic town system
(b) The spatial pattern of Shanghai's town system
The pattern of Shanghai's town system should adopt the multi-axis and multi-cored network system which covers a large area. There should be 6 axes.
The north-south development axis is the main line of high-speed communication which connects Baoshan (including Wusong) and Jinshan petrochemical area.
The west-east development axis is the main line of high-speed communication which connects the under-construction Pudong International Airport and Hongqizo International Airport and will extend to Qingpu county, Zhujiajiao town and the Dianshan Lake area.
Besides, there are the coastal development axis along the north bank of the Hangzhou Bay, Hujia development axis, Husong axis and the southeast axis in Pudong.