Shenzhen’s unaffordable home prices could hurt Beijing’s plan to turn the Greater Bay Area tech hub into model city



a view of a city: Shenzhen has been granted autonomy by Beijing on a wide range of local policies, from land use to hiring global talent. Photo: Xinhua


Shenzhen has been granted autonomy by Beijing on a wide range of local policies, from land use to hiring global talent. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing’s blueprint to develop Shenzhen and showcase it a centrepiece of its economic reform and attract talent could hit a major stumbling block in the form of unaffordable housing prices, say analysts.

As part of a five-year plan to build the city into a “core engine” of reform by 2025, Shenzhen has been granted greater autonomy in using rural land for development purposes. The move, which will ease land supply crunch, is aimed at reining in escalating home prices and making the city more affordable to live. It was speculated that Beijing would give Shenzhen “additional land” by allowing it to absorb some neighbouring towns into its territory, but the central government did not do so.

“Home prices take up a major chunk of the cost of

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Chicago’s Second City comedy hub is for sale

The Second City, the Chicago improv comedy hub that launched the careers of a host of comedians, is for sale.

The sale, announced Tuesday, is only the second one in the company’s 60-year history. It said it has hired the investment bank Houlihan Lokey to provide advice in the sale.

“While all our lives have been affected by the pandemic, The Second City has found green shoots that have further highlighted our growth potential,” said Steve Johnston, president, in a statement. “The company’s growth plan leverages Second City’s unique position in the comedy ecosystem as the leader in both education and live sketch and improv performance to capture market share in the short to medium term, as well as accelerate a transition toward digital delivery of programming, which is already off to a great start.”

Live theater venues across the country have suffered immeasurable financial losses due to the COVID-19

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