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A Study on Urban Spatial Structure in the Context of the Jobs-Housing Balance: A Case of Suzhou, China

  • Zhenlong ZhangEmail author
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Abstract

Reducing the number of trips and the length of travel is an important objective in the movement towards sustainable development and low-carbon cities. In the pursuit of less travel and shorter travel distances, local governments try to achieve a jobs-housing balance. In this study, based on survey data from different spatial scales, we use GIS technology and job housing balance index measures, the independent index, average commuting distance and commuting time, and explore the spatial structure of Suzhou City, China. According to research, the overall jobs housing index in Suzhou is 0.75, the average commuting distance is 9.6 km, and the average commuting time is 26 min. There are about 32 % of the residents whose commuting distances are more than the average number. This study provides some reference for urban planning and urban spatial optimization for Suzhou City.

Keywords

Job housing balance Commuter Urban spatial structure Suzhou 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was funded by the National Science Foundation of China (51208330) and the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Architecture and Urban PlanningSuzhou University of Science and TechnologySuzhouChina

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