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Theoretical Exploration on How to Realize the Shrewd Contraction and Planning Theory of Old Cities in China

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DOI: 10.25236/ermbfe.2019.160


Luan Zhili

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Luan Zhili


In 2019, the National Development and Reform Commission officially promulgated the Key Tasks of New Urbanization Construction in 2019, in which the term “shrinking city” appeared for the first time. For some old cities in China, the population has been shrinking for many years due to industrial transfer, urban-rural division, policy constraints and strong competitiveness of emerging cities. This phenomenon is particularly serious in the old industrial base cities in Northeast China. In view of this, this paper points out that in the process of “smart shrinkage” in old cities of China, it is necessary to establish the concept of “smart shrinkage”, improve the distribution and distribution of urban population, and reform the mode of urban land use. In the specific implementation process, the government can proceed from three aspects: changing the path of urban development, cultivating endogenous power and enhancing the level of regional support.


Old city; Smart shrinkage; Cause analysis; Planning; Thought