PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2019, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (4): 506-519.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2019.04.004

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Research progress and its enlightenment of urban public service facilities allocation

Dongsheng ZHAN1(), Wenzhong ZHANG2, Li Chen3,*(), Xiaofen YU1, Yunxiao DANG4   

  1. 1. School of Management, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310023, China
    2. Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. College of Applied Arts and Science, Beijing Union University, Beijing 100191, China
    4. Land and Urban-rural Development Institute, Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, Hangzhou 310018, China
  • Received:2018-07-06 Revised:2018-12-31 Online:2019-04-28 Published:2019-04-28
  • Contact: Li Chen;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 41871170 and 41601160;Major Projects in Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education, No. 18JZD033.


Public service facilities are the essential part of both harmonious livable city construction and people's desire for a better life in China. Our findings show the research topics regarding public service facilities allocation varies at home and abroad. English literature focuses mainly on the location choice, accessibility, spatial equity and social economic effects of public service facilities allocation, while domestic studies pay enormous attention to the optimized layout, accessibility, spatial patterns, social differentiation, residents' needs and satisfaction, as well as influencing factors of public service facilities allocation. Combining the prior domestic and foreign research, future studies in China should be more concerned with spatial distribution regularities, social equity, performance evaluation and spatial optimization of public service facilities allocation. By reviewing the related research progress at home and abroad, this study can contribute to promoting both theory ascension and scientific practice of urban public service facilities allocation in China.

Key words: public service facilities allocation, accessibility, spatial equity, satisfaction, research progress