May 17th, 2016

Dragon Chi

The transformation of Ninghe Rd 凝和路

A seller of unshelled fava beans (left) is reorganizing his wares, seemingly ignoring the ongoing "demolition of illegal structures" next to his shop. He did, however, put a plastic bag on his head to protect his hair from dust.

It always amazes me how quickly they can take the vibrancy and purpose out of a neighborhood, if they set their minds to it. From a thriving, crowded, much-needed local wet market, with centuries of history, Ninghe Lu 凝和路 turned to a ghost of itself, after most shops lost their fronts and the street width began to be mandated. The same thing already happened to Sipailou Lu 四牌楼路 snack street last year.