China Cracks Down on Ghost City Monoliths

An empty apartment building construction project in Ordos city, Inner Mongolia, China Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Photo

China is getting serious about reining in at least one aspect of its ghost cities—the monolithic work palaces built for civil servants. On March 19, the central government announced it has investigated 147 officials and punished 55 for violating a five-year ban, imposed last July, on construction of all new government buildings.

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