Remember that run down house on the edge of the walled-in empty lot north of Xintiandi where you paid a couple of kuai for a bottle of water every once in a while? You may have wondered how such a dingy shack could marr the pristine face of Huangpi Lu, a street that hosts towering office highrises and Vincent Lo‘s Shanghai pride-and-joy. Or maybe the populist inside of you secretly giggled with glee at the thought of these hardy individuals using the law to hold up the greedy Hong Kong developers with their wads of cash and gobs of guanxi.
Whatever your feelings, they must now fall into the realm of memory. This morning, a poster on the forums of the Hi!PDA weblog used his Sony Ericsson K700 to document the arrival of of the police, the blocking off of Huangpi Lu, the leading away of the occupants and the eventual demolition of the lone building. (We have uploaded the photos to Flickr: one, two, three and four.)
Chalk up another one for Shanghai development!
MadAboutShanghai meets Vincent Lo (choose your favorite proxy)
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Shanghai Diaries has two photos of what the building used to look like from ground level
Also on Shanghaiist:
‘We will not follow the Xintiandi development pattern’
Dancing Fighting in the streets
There’s something happening here