Toward a people-friendly environment

Shanghai urban development is going beyond glass and steel to create a city where the environment is protected, the lifestyle is comfortable and the future is promising. This series looks at all the ways the city is burnishing its image as a great place to live.

Technology adds eyes and ears to old building preservation

Drone and sensors are deployed in one community to detect any adverse changes to heritage buildings. 

Police work hard to ensure safety at Huangpu River greenway

Not one theft, robbery or fraud has been reported from the 4-kilometer greenway so far this year, Huangpu police said.

Sorting garbage means sorting out mindsets

A residential community with almost 20 percent expats has started a program to sort trash for designated bins.

Emergency 'green zones' at complexes

Residential complexes in Shanghai will have "green zones" to ensure a quick and free passage for emergency vehicles like fire engines and ambulances.

Opinions sought on developing waterfront

Shanghai's urban planning authority is soliciting public opinions over the expansion of sidewalks on Suzhou Creek and Huangpu River.

Convenience for eateries

So far 324 eateries have got their operating permit inspections.

Pedestrians need a foot in the door of urban planning

Walkers have been long ignored in favor of drivers in Shanghai development. That may be starting to change as designers are urged to come up with new ideas for foot traffic.

Xicheng Lane bids adieu to cables

A campaign to remove overhead cables is soon to go citywide with about 100 kilometers removed by the end of the year.

'Sponge park' to store rainwater

Shanghai aims to create 200 square kilometers of sponge regions that can collect and process up to 70 percent of the rainwater by 2020.

Integrated lamp posts installed on Nanjing Road

The new-generation integrated lamp posts can make the streets look tidier and spare more spaces to the pavements.