A rare article in discussing gentrification discourses both in western and also in chinese perspective. The authors claim that the valorisation of housing market and land reformation in China is due to several factors of policy change and the decentralization of the state government planning distribution. Gentrification in China is seen by the authors as “a constant reproduction of urban space in the course of market trasformation”, predominantly initiated by the government with the participation of private developers. Similar as other reseach articles, they first also study the literatures of the gentrification interpreted by the western and was coined by Ruth Glas. From there on, they pointed out the similarieties and distinctions between Western and Chinese pespectives. Taking from the case study of Nanjing in China, they interpreted gentrification by locating the rent gap that was consequently effected by different housing conditions (area, m2) between demolished and newly built housing such as 4 times multiplied space ratio from the traditional housing. They also indicate the plots of demolitions in inner city of Nanjing to show the urban reformation or possibly, replacement. Datas are collected from the date from 1998 for 10 years, in the Yearbook of Nanjing (local) and Nanjing Housing Maagement Bureau between year 2000 to 20007. In the conclusion, they sum up in a quite neutral position by pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of different social classes.
Original source : Nanjing Housing Management Bureau.
Figure 1. Plots of demolition in inner city of Nanjing during 2000-2007. Source extracted from the article http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/12265934.2010.9693673#.UoOGCRAeFXo (Song and Zhu 2010).
Please refer Gentrification in Urban China under Market Transformation by Weixua Song and Xigang Zhu for further readings.