Gangxia Village Case Study

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Gangxia village is an urban village situated in the central part of Futian CBD, Shenzhen. The urban village comprises two parts, as shown in Figure 4.2, Heyuan and Louyuan, the case study here only covers Heyuan block, which takes up a population of approximately 68,000 (only 900 are indigenous villagers, the other 67,000 are migrant tenants) and an area of approximately 151,600 m2 (Futian Government Online, 2007). Regarding the large size of redevelopment and the complex interests among various stakeholders, before the planning process, Gangxia village, the last urban village in designated area of Futian CBD, was recognised as the most difficult project to conduct in Shenzhen (Southern Metropolis Daily, 2011). At the very beginning, the proposal …show more content…
The gross income of Gangxia village joint-stock company (VJSC) in 2003 was 14.88 million RMB, 96% of which was from property leasing (FURO, 2005). Collecting rent was the indigenous villagers’ main source of income. As interviewee VG1 claimed, for instance, before the redevelopment of Gangxia, his five-storey housing can make 60,000-70,000 RMB rent for him every month.
Nevertheless, distinct from other urban villages, Gangxia holds a profound history in the district for the reason that all villagers own the same family name of “Wen”. Each one in the village regard himself as the descendants of Wen Tianxiang (in the South Song dynasty, about 700 years ago), one of the most-respected politicians all cross the country. The tribe is then distributed into the overseas Wens and the local Wens (Retumu, 2015). Such internal distribution acted as a very essential role in the event afterwards which leads to the degradation of the

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