Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva
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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.
Tags: 2015, demolition, old town, shanghai
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