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Few cities in China have had as grim a history over the past century as Chongqing. Now the enormous city is prospering, but faces a wave of pink slips at factories.
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Hanging out near the Yangtze river in Chongqing, China.CreditCreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
CHONGQING, China — Huang Lincai is a cheery 23-year-old with a lot of optimism — even though he recently lost his job.
For nearly four years, he worked in one of the three cavernous Ford Motor assembly plants in Chongqing, a sprawling metropolis in southwestern China with almost 20 million people. Every day, he spent long hours putting brake fluid into the Ford Focus compact cars that glided past on the assembly line.
But with car sales plunging as the Chinese economy slows, Mr. Huang was laid off in January along with thousands of other workers at Ford’s factories, which are part of a joint venture with a Chongqing automaker.
Far from panicking at his misfortune, he used his five months of severance pay to hang out for a few weeks with friends and ponder other career options, like maybe joining a friend’s start-up drawing cartoons on computers. He has now taken a job as a health club attendant, joining China’s booming service sector, although he has taken a pay cut compared to his work at Ford.
By The New York Times
“I don’t want to go back to any factory again — it’s boring, it’s not what I thought,” Mr. Huang said.
That youthful confidence of always being able to find work is not unusual in China these days. A younger generation has come to expect prosperity. They increasingly look for personal fulfillment as well.
Yet as the Ford layoffs show, economic warning signs are starting to emerge in China. Inflation has gradually crept up. Economic growth has slowly eroded.
For now, though, even with the recent job losses, Chongqing is prospering.
A huge pedestrian plaza in the Guanyinqiao neighborhood pulses with lights and crowds even on weekday nights. The trees are illuminated with bright lanterns.
With the day shift over, workers left a Ford factory in Chongqing.CreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times
Floor after floor of the surrounding buildings are filled with attractive restaurants, offering excellent meals for less than $10 a person. Go to a less fashionable neighborhood and a big plate of freshly made dumplings and soup costs less than $2.
Zigzagging over and under the city’s steep hills and even through buildings, like a three-dimensional drawing by M.C. Escher, is the world’s longest and busiest monorail line. Under the ground burrows an extensive subway system. The monorail and subway were almost entirely built in the last 15 years.
The city’s roots are still visible — literally. Ancient banyan trees drop roots from outlying branches into pockets of soil on the city’s rocky slopes.
Barges loaded with sand, freshly cut tree trunks and other goods move slowly up and down the muddy Yangtze River and the equally murky Jialing River, which meet in the heart of Chongqing.
A shopping area in Chongqing.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
What makes the current optimism of young people like Mr. Huang so striking, and the livability of today’s city so surprising, is that Chongqing has experienced a grim history over much of the past century. The beauty and orderliness now contrast with a violent past.
Chongqing was the World War II capital of China. Large areas were flattened or burned by Japanese incendiary bombs, with extremely heavy loss of civilian life. Deadly fighting then took place between heavily armed Red Guard factions in Chongqing in the late 1960s during the Cultural Revolution.
When Bo Xilai ran the city nearly a decade ago, his police imprisoned dozens of local business leaders in the name of fighting organized crime. The police confiscated their assets and sometimes tortured them. Mr. Bo ended up sentenced to life in prison for bribetaking, embezzlement and abuse of power.
Less than two years ago, Sun Zhengcai, one of two men previously seen as potential successors to President Xi Jinping, was suddenly detained while serving as Chongqing’s leader. Accused of corruption and plotting against the Communist Party, Mr. Sun was also sentenced to life in prison.
Fords awaiting shipment at a storage lot in Chongqing.CreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times
Amid all these political problems, Chongqing continued to grow, becoming a very different place from what it was 16 years ago, when Ford’s first assembly plant in China opened here.
The downtown area, tucked between the two rivers, was moldering and overcrowded. Not enough bridges or tunnels had been built over or under the rivers to allow large numbers of people to live on the far banks. The subway had not yet opened.
For the assembly plant’s opening ceremony, Ford chartered a bus to bring a group of executives — including Elena Ford, a great-great-granddaughter of Henry Ford — and a few journalists to the event.
After crossing the Jialing River, the bus drove north for half an hour to the factory on a broad, mostly empty highway running through open countryside.
An extensive subway network and limited parking are hindering car sales in Chongqing.CreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times
Today, the land from the river to Ford’s assembly plants — and for many miles beyond — has urbanized. Apartment towers alternate with beautifully landscaped parks.
The huge amount of construction has kept rents cheap.
Mr. Huang, who likes to wear a green windbreaker with lots of colorful patches, pays $75 a month for his nearly 500-square-foot apartment with a living room and bedroom. His apartment is halfway up a 30-story high-rise, several miles north of the Ford factories. It is a neighborhood that did not exist when he was a boy.
Mr. Huang earned about $1,000 a month at Ford. So his low rent left a lot of disposable income. He could save money and also eat out frequently. And he dotes on the Renegade motorcycle he recently bought.
But one feature of Chongqing has not turned out the way Ford expected: parking. There’s not much.
Until recently, developers were only required to build one parking space for every 3,200 square feet of apartments. With many apartments the size of Mr. Huang’s, that meant only one parking space for every six or seven apartments.
Huang Lincai, a 23-year-old former Ford worker, recently laid off, at home in Chongqing.CreditGilles Sabrié for The New York Times
Even that standard was seldom met, according to state-controlled media.
The result? Chongqing residents pay $30 or $50 a month just to rent one of the few parking spaces in their own building, even in outlying areas.
Scant parking means the clean, modern subway and monorail are heavily used. But it is not helping local car sales, as evidenced by the job cuts at Ford.
And it’s not just automakers that are struggling. Chongqing’s latest test is not of warfare or of politics, but of economics.
Recently dismissed workers thronged a hiring hall in February in northern Chongqing. But many booths normally staffed by employers were empty.
Local factories “are facing great difficulty, some may even close,” said Mei Mei, a personnel manager for a local auto parts manufacturer.
Her employer cut its own hiring in half and slashed the annual Chinese New Year bonus a month ago by 90 percent, she added.
Mr. Huang is not worried. He spent a lot of time riding on or caring for his motorcycle. During his unemployment, he thought about what he wants to do with the rest of his life.
“I just ride to the riverside,” he said, “and enjoy the scene.”
A model of the sprawling city.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times
Follow Keith Bradsher on Twitter: @KeithBradsher.
Ailin Tang contributed research.
A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A8 of the New York edition with the headline: As Economy Slows, Youthful Optimism Grows. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe
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Kebec esquisse un portrait vivant du Québec en explorant son parcours socioculturel et les traces laissées par quelques-uns de ses artistes les plus marquants. Au total, une vingtaine de thèmes sont fouillés, tels la famille, le fleuve, la cuisine, la forêt, la santé, la mode... Chaque fois, une œuvre culturelle majeure de notre histoire (un film, une chanson, un livre, etc.) sert de porte d’entrée dans le thème, sous prétexte qu’elle est un reflet de la société à un moment précis. De là, nous faisons de fascinants allers-retours dans le temps, guidés par une animatrice curieuse, des historiens spécialistes allumés, des images d’archives revisitées, des éclairages géographiques pertinents et des reconstitutions historiques animées de façon surprenante. Conçue comme une sorte de vaste mosaïque, comme un fil rouge socioculturel qui retrace l’origine, la construction et la transformation du Québec
12 épisodes *J'ai visionné les 7 premières épisodes et j'ai hâte de visionner les autres! 😀
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How close to concrete is it- lighter or darker?etc....
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gun-metal gray darker, or 20 year old pavement closer?
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Thursday's vote by county supervisors could disrupt California's effort to achieve 100% climate-friendly energy, solar developers say.
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Californiaʼs largest county has banned the construction of large solar and wind farms on more than 1 million acres of private land, bending to the will of residents who say they don’t want renewable energy projects industrializing their rural desert communities northeast of Los Angeles.
Thursday’s 4-1 vote by San Bernardino County’s Board of Supervisors highlighted a challenge California could face as it seeks to eliminate the burning of planet-warming fossil fuels.
State lawmakers passed a bill last year requiring utility companies to get 60% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and 100% from climate-friendly sources by 2045. But achieving those goals will require cooperation from local governments — and big solar and wind farms, like many infrastructure projects, are often unpopular at the local level.
Representatives of national solar developers including First Solar and Clearway Energy urged the supervisors to consider the economic benefits of solar projects, including jobs and tax revenues. They were joined by union members, who told the supervisors that solar farms create hundreds of high-paying construction jobs.
“They’re temporary construction jobs, but that’s what we make our livelihood off of. And to put language in there that strictly prohibits these projects from going forward would be irresponsible,” said Justin Lanford, president of the San Bernardino County chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Dozens of local residents spoke in support of the proposed ban, known as Renewable Energy Policy 4.10. They came from high desert communities such as Daggett, Joshua Tree and Lucerne Valley, where existing solar projects are seen by many as eyesores that destroy desert ecosystems and fuel larger dust storms.
Sara Fairchild, a resident of Pioneertown, said she’s been working with a group trying to get California Highway 247, which runs from Yucca Valley to Barstow, designated as a state scenic highway. Supporters say the designation would draw tourists and boost local economies. But Fairchild is worried that several solar projects proposed along or near the highway would ruin the pristine desert landscapes that make the area so attractive.
“These vast open areas are precious for their natural, historical and recreational qualities. But they are fragile, and no amount of mitigation can counter the damage that industrial-scale renewable energy projects would cause,” Fairchild told the supervisors. “Once destroyed, these landscapes can never be brought back.”
A view of Lucerne Dry Lake in Californiaʼs San Bernardino County, where a large solar project has been proposed.
A view of Lucerne Dry Lake in Californiaʼs San Bernardino County, where a large solar project has been proposed. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
The policy approved by the supervisors prohibits utility-oriented renewable energy projects — defined as projects that would mostly serve out-of-town utility customers, rather than local power needs — within the boundaries of Community Plans that have been adopted by more than a dozen unincorporated towns. Construction of utility-oriented solar and wind farms would also be banned in so-called Rural Living zones. Solar projects that are already going through the permitting process would still be allowed to proceed.
Supervisor Robert Lovingood said residents “spoke clearly about what they want to see.”
“If we don’t adopt this, that’s just spitting in their face,” he said, adding that the county has already designated several smaller areas where renewable energy projects could be approved.
Curt Hagman was the only supervisor to vote against the restrictions. He said he doesn’t want to preclude new renewable energy technologies that might have less of an impact on rural areas, while still bringing economic benefits to the county. And he said the supervisors already have the ability to reject bad projects.
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