Sunday, September 07, 2014

Horizontal and vertical

From the charmingly run-down European-style villas around Xintiandi I happened into Shanghai's Old City, soon to be replaced by high-rises.Soon? It was happening already. All the upper stories of this long row were already empty. And behind these lanes were fields of rubble.
The folks whose lives are being uprooted here may appreciate their new accommodations (the above doesn't seem intended for them). The Old City I saw seemed wretchedly poor, tiny rooms above even tinier stores, meager market goods spread on the pavement - but it's hard to imagine how such horizontal social worlds will live on in the vertical city.
This chap atop the White Cloud Daoist temple will be ok:
he's landmark protected.

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