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A Great Future for a Great Yangpu

The No. 10 part of the series interviews themed "dialogue with district party chief: how to be a qualified leader and pioneer in the new era", co-production by East Broadcast Center, Shanghai City and other units, was broadcast at 12:00, 17 Nov., on the Citizens and Society at FM93.4 and AM990. As a guest, District party chief Li Yueqi talked with representatives from all walks of life in Yangpu, the representatives of audience of Citizens and Society about the development of the riverside, progress in the innovation and entrepreneurship, plans for education, and Yangshupu Road and rail transit Line 18. 

Quick questions and quick answers for full display of Yangpu

What will Yangpu look like in the future? What kind of expectation do Yangpu citizens have for life? During the interview, Mr. Li answered 10 questions, offering a glimpse into the prospect. 

For example, the riverside in autumn is colorful, but what is the most distinctive color? It is said that there is a view along the riverside that takes a noble heart to spot it, and do you know where does it lie? Some questions were about the highlights, like: At the beginning of this year, a mission was assigned at centennial university, so how are things going with the mission? Or about cooperation of community with school, like: what is the hardest challenge facing the efforts of new urban appearance? Or about ecological environmental management, like: Subway Line 18, known as the "transfer king", connects with how many lines in Yangpu? Or about travel in Yangpu...

To these questions, Mr. Li gave his answers that won him heated applauses from the audience. For example, when asked "We know that 2017 Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week will be hosted in Changyang Valley, but who so?" Mr. Li replied by quoting the media:" In Yangpu the moment you push open you window you will feel the ethos of entrepreneurship and innovation, and the moment you set foot on the streets you will find opportunities meet you everywhere." When asked what is the hardest challenge facing the efforts of new urban appearance, Mr. Li answered, "“Five Violets and Four Musts”  requires the physical walls to be removed, but as Yangpu advances the endeavor for innovation and entrepreneurship, the invisible walls impeding our steps shall be brought down with even more decisive measures!" 

Focus on riverside to deliver a good job

During the interview, a citizen from Pingliang Road community showed much attention to the planning of the riverside. Mr. Li said that the most distinctive features of the riverside is that it is home to many industrial relics,  or 24 sites, 66 buildings and over 260,000 square meters. Now three efforts are underway, with the first focused on repairing, the second on making best use of them by planting in some creative factors, and the third one on carrying forward the craftsmanship and patriotism. Yangshupu Water Plant, founded in 1883, was on with distinctive features. But it is not allowed for the riverside line to cross it, so the engineers from TJU figured out an idea to build a bridge of steel and wood structure over the river, and as a result, not only the river view can be fully enjoyed, but the old plant can be viewed. Mr. L also said that the Yongan Warehouse next to Yangpu Bridge was one belonged to Kwee brothers in 1922 when they built it as a supporting facility for the Yong'an Department Store. And the district had signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Commercial Press, in an effort to present a new version of the Press' Hanfenlou in the warehouse. 

Mr. Li said that with a focus on the development of the riverside, efforts will be made to build a riverside international innovation belt and post-industrial future water bank. Riverside international innovation belt covers the whole line of the riverside. He hoped that headquarters economy can grow rapidly, that work will be done to introduce more innovative organizations, innovation platforms, innovative enterprises and innovation centers, and that more talent will be attracted to the belt. After several years of efforts, traditional industries and advanced technologies will be deeply integrated, along with the high converging of craftsmanship and innovation. As for the post-industrial future water bank, a pattern rising from south to north will be built, with public space as the first tier, business office, including some hotels as the second tier, and residential quarter as the third tier. In short, the ecology should be green and water-loving, the traffic should be diversified and connected, the space should be intelligent and dynamic, and the community should be inclusive and shared, so as to offer impetus for the riverside to grow into an open and shared world-class waterfront, which will function well as a new urban identity, new powerhouse of industry, a new livable homeland, a new space for start-ups, and a new tourism destination. 

Apart from riverside, small and medium rivers will become more and more beautiful. Recently, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development entrusted a third party to conduct a poll among residents living along Qiujiang, Dongzou Matang, Nenjiang River, and little Jipu River, and the poll found that more than 90% of the residents were satisfied with the river regulation, marking phased achievement was made. "But the efforts for river regulation can never be stopped." Mr. Li said, the next step is to redouble efforts for pollution control; to strengthen supervision and improve the sound environment of the current river channel through enhanced inspection and joint law enforcement; to beautify the environment by afforestation and return a green environment to the people; and to engage more social forces, including residents living along the rivers, in the drive for river regulation. Also, new waterways will be built, with construction starting on the No.3 river of Xin Jiangwan, which after completion will bring about an addition of 20,000 square meters water areas. By the end of next year, construction will begin on another three rivers. As a result, the total of newly-added water areas will reach 110,000 square meters. 

Improve the surrounding environment of the science and technology parks

During the interview, several audience members from the park and enterprises shared their experiences in work and entrepreneurship in Yangpu, and Mr. Li was quite touched.  "I always believe that the innovation drive is part of a national strategy, a core function of Shanghai, the major mission of Yangpu, and the opportunities open to all the units of Yangpu. As home to 10 colleges and nearly 100 research institutes, Yangpu has made constant efforts for the cooperation between colleges, scientific parks and public communities, for the deep integration of school-city, industry-city and innovation-city, and fight for the success of our mission." Mr. Li took stock of recent results: in the north of a tractor internal combustion engine plant, a 500,000 square meters sub-plant have all be turned into maker space, to be followed by the launching of the Phase II of Tencent maker space so as to make the community more ecological; USST with many of its disciplines as preponderant ones, plus central enterprises along the Military Road, provide rich resources for the transformation of scientific research results; the Knowledge Economy Circle around Tongji University is not advancing economic upgrading, delivering a 37 billion output by 2010 as compared with 3 billion in 2010, and is expected to increase the figure to 50 billion by 2020; in addition, progress was made in environment improvement around the financial valley centered on USST and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. 

Ensure good quality in all the schools

Talking about education, Mr. Li said that with 36 junior high schools and 45 primary schools, the district has relied on group developing plan and new quality school cluster development as major drivers for the development of basic education. As for group developing plan, as of this month 13 education groups have been established, with a 66% coverage of schools included in the system of compulsory education, covering 71% students of all those covered by compulsory education. So far, regional layout of collectivized school has been basically finished. With this effort, teachers are mobile and can further improve education quality, and the strengths and features of each school can be shared and communicated on such a platform so as to resolve the problem with school choice. "We hope all this effort will help improve the quality of all the schools, and underpin the leading position of Yangpu in terms of quality and balanced development of basic education in Shanghai."
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