One of the main problems of Shanghai has always been its overcrowding and the environmental and social issues that go hand-in-hand with it. By 2040, Shanghai authorities have deliberately limited the resident population to somewhere in the range of 25 million people. The city now embodies the idea of urban development not just for conducting successful business, but also for a comfortable and happy life.
All budget-funded institutions were rebuilt or reconstructed. After analysing the vast amount of information, the government reshapes the life of the city in a radical way, implementing the "15 minutes"plan. This implies that now the majority of residents can reach all the main objects of the city infrastructure within a 15-minute walk. Not only does it save time, but also it makes it possible to significantly reduce harmful automobile emissions. More than a quarter of Shanghai’s territory is covered with vegetation. Ecology becomes a priority for the megapolis.