For several years, if not decades, the 'ruinovation' has been brewing.
Top left circled area: The last inhabited lane compound in the area, Shangxianfang, was emptied of residents and prepared for gentrification a few years ago.
Top right area: The only street with contiguous arcades in southern style, Jinling Road, was emptied and destroyed too.
Lower left area: Xintiandi has been expanding in all directions, devouring more and more historic neighborhoods.
Lower right area: The last historic patches in the north half of the old town – the Wangyima Lanes, the Jinjiafang area, the Wutong Road neighborhood – have been on the fast track to obliteration since last year.
Source of images: here.