Planning official shares Yangtze River Delta vision

The urban planning and development of the Yangtze River Delta region will focus on "power, link, action, culture, ecology and sample," a Shanghai official said on Thursday.

The cluster of cities in the Yangtze River Delta — 41 with total population of 224 million — aims to be on a par with the world's leading metropolitan clusters in New York, Tokyo, London and Paris, Xu Yisong, director of the Shanghai Urban Planning and Natural Resources Bureau told a forum marking the World Cities Day.

Global experts such as Peter Calthorpe, senior vice president of the HDR architectural institute, Moses Gates, vice president of the US Regional Planning Association, and Takeuchi Naofumi, a former urban planning official in Japan, shared their research and visions on the planning and development of urban clusters at the forum.

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