A Balancing Act in Beijing: The Challenge of Matching Jobs With Housing in a Transitioning Economy

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The Center for Urban and Regional Studies is pleased to present a talk by Chun Zhang, assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design at Beijing Jiaotong University

Dr. Chun Zhang talkAs Beijing moves from a planned economy to a market economy the spatial characteristics of the city have changed, presenting new challenges in matching people with jobs near their homes. Dr. Chun Zhang uses Beijing as a case study of a typical transitional city and explores changes in the distribution of housing and jobs there based on data from the 2001 and 2008 censuses. In her talk, Dr. Zhang will discuss how residential areas in Beijing have expanded and suburbanized, while job distribution has become more concentrated in existing urban job centers. Dr. Zhang will examine this job-housing mismatch, and will also present examples of evolving suburban central areas that are beginning to draw on nearby residents to work locally.