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Thursday, April 06, 2006 

Massive Urban Transformation in Shanghai

Howard French says you should visit Shanghai now.
"The reason you must come to Shanghai now, if cities remotely interest you, is that the work here not only constitutes one of the world's great urban transformations, it also involves one of history's great disappearing acts. An old city of organic communities, with intimate, walk-up buildings and extraordinarily rich street life, is being replaced, almost in the blink of an eye, by a new city of expensive high-rises, underground parking garages, and lifestyles based on sheltered, closed-door individualism." (Emphasis added)

See also: Slide show on fast disappearing neighbourhoods in Shanghai.

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