handshake urbanity — xinqiang community

In 2003, Shenzhen initiated a sanitation beautification project called the “clean, smooth, peaceful project (净畅宁工程)”. The aim of the project was to clean up roads and gutters and trash and beautify public areas, which included razing the shanty communities (棚户区) that once flourished deep in the area’s lychee orchards.

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cleaning up Shenzhen: were there more than 80,000 dangerous people in the city?

The published facts demand interpretation:

According to reports, as of April 6 in the “One Hundred Days Movement”, municipal police have gone out 284,000 times; they have made over 330,000 inspections of rental housing, 32,000 inspections of internet bars, 60,000 inspections of tourist agencies, 20,000 inspections of clubs, and 40,000 inspections of other spaces. As a result, over 2,300 landlords have been penalized [for infractions] and over 1,180 illegal internet bars, travel agencies, and other spaces have been closed, effectively cleansing areas that have had difficulty insuring public safety.

据悉,截至4月6日,在“百日行动”中,我市警方共出动警力28.4万人次;检查出租屋33万余间(次)、网吧3.2万余家(次)、旅业6万余家(次)、休闲娱乐场所约2万家(次)、其他场所4万余家(次);处罚出租屋主2300余人,停业整顿、取缔黑网吧、旅业及其他场所1180余家,有效净化了社会治安难点地区。 Continue reading