However, since coming to China, it's almost impossible to ignore the construction bonanza that's going on here. The cranes are everywhere. Some projects seem reasonable, while others seem completely over the top. Furthermore, the break-neck pace at which all the development is happening raises some significant concerns about environmental impact, safety, and economic repercussions.
|The cranes are everywhere!|
Safety-wise, elevators that travel at 40 mph are kind of a terrifying concept. (Though I suppose it's better than this construction mistake.) And while this happened a few years ago, there's still some visible evidence that the speed of construction comes before anything else...
|...Like this collapsed drain cover, spotted near work in a development built probably within the last 1-2 years.|
|Or these street lights. Look closely; you can see that the petals from the decorative flowers are all skewed in different directions, broken already from the wind, presumably.|
- Talk of "ghost cities" is all over the place, related to China's decision to build on speculation rather than on demand. (Others refute the seriousness of this problem.)
- This article compares the debt crisis in Detroit with 36 cities in China.
- Here is one foreboding article that correlates the construction of sky-scrapers with near-future economic busts.
- And let's not forget the ever-present data concern, casting doubt on whether the public and official numbers about economic growth are even accurate in the slightest.
|No one around, except a lone biker. Outside Dazu on a Sunday evening. (To be fair, it's a largely industrial - not residential - area, on the weekend.)|