Cities have become one of the central aspects that help economies across the globe generate income both from the local people as well as foreigners. Arguably, the ability of a city to package and position its past, present and future in an attractive way determines whether such a city would be able to attract not only the attention of investors but also visitors from different spheres of life. Speaking from this point of view, there is a need to observe that stakeholders around the globe have in the recent past increased their participation in the planning and development of their cities as a way to enhance their attractiveness on the global map. This is particularly the case considering the fact that cities play a critical role in hosting urban festivals. In reference to Waitt (2008), since the 1990s, urban festivals have significantly increased particularly considering the fact that most of these festivals now integrate play, fantasy and business as complementary elements rather than conflicting aspects of human life. With this in mind, there is a strong relationship between events and cities, which implies that in future, different aspects of the city will significantly influence the events that such a city is able to host. This paper therefore discusses the future of Changchun as a city, its key characteristics, and the possible portfolio of events that this city will host in future.
Changchun in 2050 2050年的长春
Changchun City is one of the largest city is northeast China, and it’s the capital of Jilin Province. In reference to Johnston (2012), this city covers a massive area of approximately 20,571 square kilometers and lies between 250 and 350 meters above sea level. The city currently has a population of approximately 7.68 million people. Importantly, one of the critical aspects that will define Changchun in 2050 is its ecosystem. Arguably, this city has focused over the years to establish an ecofriendly environment through adopting measures to not only protect the environment but also ensuring that the green environment integrates fully with its urban nature. In reference to van Veenhuizen (2014), one of the ways that this city is implementing the integration of green environment and urban life is through the increase of its forest cover, with the aim of sustain above 40 percent forest cover in its city. Speaking from this point of view, there is a need to observe that since human population is also rising in this city, a significant portion of its forest cover will be integrated in its buildings. In other words, the construction projects in this city will conform to the standards of organic architecture. Furthermore, every leisure park in this city will be fully integrated in green land, thus promoting full coexistence between man and nature.
Apart from establishing a green ecosystem, Changchun will witness an increased coverage of its road network. Arguably, apart from development modern roads with the urban areas, Changchun city will also construct more roads to connect itself with its surrounding rural areas, thus not only enabling people in rural areas to access its urban centre but also creating an opportunity for people living in urban centres to access its surrounding rural areas. At the moment, the city has a road distance of over 20,000 kilometres. This is expected to triple to around 60,000 kilometres by 2050 (Foreign Affairs Office of Changchun Municipality, 2017a). Importantly, these roads will have a high level of integrated technologies to support emerging transportation technologies such as self-driving cars as well as landing pads for flying cars. Furthermore, it is vital to mention that the current generation of vehicles will not be able to access this city’s road because of their high level of pollution. On the contrary, the city will harness the health and environment benefits of a cleaner environment by adopting a transportation system that supports green environment. In addition to developing a public transport system that supports green environment, Changchun city will also have a tourism transport system, which is mainly geared towards promoting tourism and leisure activities. Arguably, from the city’s current plan and development strategy, the city intends to enhance its transport systems and infrastructure to improve its ability to offer cultural and social experience rather than just being a platform to move people from one point to another (Wang, 2014). This implies that the city’s transport network will not only help in the movement of its residents but it will also act as a platform to enhance its attractiveness as a tourist destination.