chapter  6
Rural-Urban Edge: A Review of Spatial Planning Representation and Policy Discourse in the Pearl River Delta
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Rural and urban adjectives qualify in general wisdom as well as in spatial planning regulation separate and independent realms. This dichotomy presumes the existence of neat demarcation between urban and rural spheres. Rural-urban overlapping is generally contrasted by urban planning either implementing urban containment policies to safeguard an independent countryside or expanding city boundaries in order to include within the urban realm those areas that have been exposed to urban development. More recent urban theories that highlight ruralurban interconnection seldom apply to conventional regulatory efforts.