26 Sep '12, 1pm
Drumbeat: September 26, 2012
Posted by Leanan on September 26, 2012 - 10:36am Weapons of Mass Urban Destruction In the last five years, China has built 20,000 miles of expressways, finishing the construction of 12 national highways a whopping 13 years ahead of schedule and at a pace four times faster than the United States built its interstate highway system. Over the last decade, Shanghai alone has built some 1,500 miles of road, the equivalent of three Manhattans. China's urban population is projected to grow by 350 million people by 2020, effectively adding today's entire U.S. population to its cities in less than a decade. China has already passed the United States as the world's largest car market, and by 2025, the country will need to pave up to an estimated 5 billion square meters of road just to keep moving. China's love affair with the car has blossomed into a torrid romance. In April, nearly...