Accompanying with the mass urbanization process, building livable cities is becoming a cutting-edge in city governments’ agendas in China. Nowadays, the development of public facilities and commercial facilities, especially those in built-up areas, lags behind urban and economic development. The imbalance between supply and demand exists in urban service facilities. Worse still is planning conflicts occurring among various sectorial plans, and it is difficult to integrate and coordinate thematic plans on specific service facilities. This research is a problem-solving project, aiming to upgrading service facilities in city proper of Wuhu.

Wuhu is the 2nd large city in Anhui province, China. In recent years, there is a high aspiration to improve living quality in Wuhu city. By conducting questionnaire survey and intensive interviews, this research assesses situations of various service facilities on the geographical scale of street offices in Wuhu, especially focusing on the supply-demand relations. The overall strategy is proposed for developing service facilities. Some suggestions are also provided, including optimization of facility configuration, facility-sharing mechanism and projects with high priorities.

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