August 5th, 2018


Then and Now: Fangbang Road

Fangbang Road, near Sipailou Road, in the 1990s and now:

Since its conversion to the "Shanghai Old Street" the original purpose and the aesthetics of Fangbang Road have been slaughtered. Just look at these incomprehensible tile-covered awnings, not even to mention zero attempt at the integration of the stores. And how did they shave off decorative dentils on both sides of each window apron – by chipping them off with a chisel, one by one? Is it better now? Sadists.

Top photo: Guo Bo 郭博, bottom photo: QQ Maps.