November 4, 2003
30 Chinese Mayors Start Nine-City U.S. Planning Tour
Chicago, IL — A delegation of 30 mayors, deputy mayors, and directors from the Chinese Province of Jiangsu arrive in Chicago Wednesday, November 5, for the start of a nine-city U.S. urban planning study tour and instructional program organized by the American Planning Association (APA).
"We're honored to be hosting this group of Chinese officials and to provide them with this opportunity to see firsthand the contributions planning has made to several of our major cities," said APA Executive Director Paul Farmer, AICP. "The tours and training have been customized to the particular needs and interests of these mayors and officials, whose cities are among China's fastest-growing urban centers."
While in the U.S., the Chinese mayors will meet with city officials and planning directors. The delegation will examine various planning issues including transportation and transit systems, capital cities, sprawl, revitalization, ports and waterfronts, industrial areas, farmland conservation, tourism, financial districts, and historic preservation.
To begin the tour, Chinese officials will tour Chicago's downtown Loop and Grant Park, features of Daniel Burnham's famous plan. On Saturday morning, members of the delegation will view the city's waterfront and Chicago River by boat.
After Chicago, the group will visit Boston; New York City; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Annapolis, Maryland; New Orleans; San Diego; and Los Angeles. Cities on the tour were selected because of similarities to the home cities of the visiting Chinese. Before returning to China on November 25, members of the delegation will attend a special banquet. Providing the keynote address at the November 24 dinner will be APA President Mary Kay Peck, AICP. This is the first of several study tours being organized and hosted by APA during the next 18 months for 100 other mayors from Jiangsu.