chapter  11
20 Pages

Urban villages as local economic clusters: the case of the Zhongda cloth market in Guangzhou


Mega-urban regions in China show fi rst signs of consolidation. A need for restructuring of the urban fabric and the socioeconomic structures starts to complement the strong focus on growth and expansion related to offi ce and retail development in urban cores and high-tech parks in the periphery. Higher value-added manufacturing, service industries and a more knowledge-based economy in the Pearl River Delta are increasingly focusing on the upgrading of under-used or neglected old town areas, urban villages and older manufacturing sites under the heading of the so-called “three olds regeneration” policy.