Rising Chinese cities: Are they learning from American mistakes?

Shanghai, China
Visitors look out over to Pudong from the Bund on a hazy day in Shanghai on May 15, 2012.
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When Foreign Policy unveiled its list of the world's most dynamic cities, one trend stuck out: 40 percent of those cities are in China. But with its car-focused approach, some urban designers warn that China is making some of the same mistakes the United States did in the 20th century. Urbanists credit the rise of the car and the growth of the national highway system for hollowing out American cities after World War II.

But it's not all bad - from traffic-jumping buses to electric taxis, China is at the forefront of the world's flashiest urban innovations. What is happening in China, and what of that might we see here?

Greg Lindsay, contributing writer for Fast Company and an author of "Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next," will join The Daily Circuit Monday alongside Harrison Fraker, professor of architecture and former dean of University of California-Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.

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