Compare these skyline views of Shanghai in 1990 vs. last year in 2010. It's amazing how quickly urban structures can evolve. (via Nils Gilman)
It's a shame they screwed it up.
Pudong is shiny from a distance but from a city planning perspective I think it is a disaster. 6-8 lane roads everywhere. Gargantuan intersections with traffic lights when there is more than enough space for multilevel crossings. Gridlock is a daily occurrence.
Smog from all the traffic.
Horrible for pedestrians who have to deal with said roads. Few crossings, most on the level. (Taxi drivers who don't know how to drive and can't find their way around, but I guess you can't blame the city planners for that one.)
It boggles the mind how a city built in the last 20 years can so completely ignore the lessons of the past. In a time when we've figured out that autopia is not the answer; in a time when people want to walk, cycle, live closer, this is what they built? It's a disgrace.