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Subway, City Boundary and Urban Politics: Comparative Case Studies of East Asian Cities (2019_2_40_018)


Traditionally, urban areas are surrounded by rural areas, and the boundary is clear. However, as urbanization develops, rural areas are absorbed by urban areas, and the boundaries gradually fade away. In China, the government tries to stress the existence of boundaries among cities. The main reason is stop the spillover of benefits. With the development of globalization, nowadays the governments of cities have to face many new challenges and competition from other cities, in addition to traditional issues. City governments are trying to make attractive spaces stand out. Moreover, the formation of megacities, involving surrounding cities, is also necessary, under globalization. To maintain the wall, or to destroy the wall, is a question for these cities. This research tries to analyse the factors of city politics on public projects through a comparison between Beijing and Seoul’s subway projects.


April 2019 - March 2021

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Ren Zhe
[ Co-researcher ] Xie Zhihai (Kyoai Gakuen UniversityAssociate Professor)
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