Beijing Daily recently reported that the Communist Party branch in Dongcheng District was building a grass roots structure based on a grid format, dividing the District into grid cells. The 17 streets in the District have 589 cells in which 822 Party units were created. These units further include 1,565 Party Groups that reach 37,452 Party members. The grid structure is designed to do better “social service management,” enabling Party members to have a deeper reach. Party members in each grid cell are to note down detailed information about the resident families in the cell, such as some family’s low-income status or whether some household has a water leak. It is believed that this is a new model for community self-management.
Source: Beijing Daily, July 17, 2011