Characteristic development model: A transformation for the sustainable development of small towns in China



Wang, X, Liu, S, Sykes, O ORCID: 0000-0002-2634-2629 and Wang, C
(2019) Characteristic development model: A transformation for the sustainable development of small towns in China. Sustainability (Switzerland), 11 (13).

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Abstract

© 2019 by the authors. In recent years, the construction of small towns in China has faced many challenges, hindering the sustainable development of small towns. This paper proposes that the traditional development model of small towns no longer meets the current demands, and it urgently needs updating. In the past two years, there has been an increase in the construction of characteristic small towns in China. This is a good beginning for the transformation development of small towns and would bring new opportunities. However, some problems have developed. One example is the emergence of the "blind town", which means the governors cultivate a featured town blindly without objectively considering the reality of that area. These decisions have a negative impact on the future sustainable development of small towns. Therefore, the governors need to consider the basic conditions of the area, perform a scientific assessment, and present a clear cultivation strategy. This paper presents a preliminary scientific method for the characteristic development mode of small towns with "explore characteristic-evaluate characteristic-nurture characteristic" as the main line, which would be conducive to the characteristic transformation for the steady and sustainable development of small towns in China.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2019 08:32
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2022 22:46
DOI: 10.3390/su11133753
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133753
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3051925