Some news snippets having to do with Shanghai landmarks and redevelopment:
- The former flower market came down yesterday. From the Sina News Center (Chinese):
One the morning of November 30, 2005, the first in what will be a series of demolition by dynamite was carried out at the Cultural Square in the heart of metropolitan Shanghai, a site that was of historical value for the city. The demolished building was a former theater of pillarless construction, capable of holding over 10,000 people; it was five stories tall, 17 meters high, and covered an area of 3,400 square meters. Reconstruction on the site of the demolition will begin next year.
The site goes on to mention that the former French Concession canidrome and once-center of colonial social life maintained 浓重的殖民地或政治化色彩, “a musty colonial/politicized odor”. There is also an English version of the story. (The new flower market, by the way, is now is Caojiadu, out in Putuo District.)
- Both online and in the 青年报 (Qing Nian Bao or Youth Daily) today are reports of pollution clean-up work along the Suzhou Creek. Although the Shanghai Daily (gracing us with the delightful image of “a yellowish ‘waterfall’ of excrement”) says that widescale monitoring is near impossible, the Youth Daily promises that round-the-clock automated monitoring of water quality will be implemented along 上海的母亲河, “Shanghai’s mother-stream”. The history books say that in colonial times, rowing teams competed along the Suzhou Creek, making Shanghaiist wonder why we don’t see those today. Putting this news together with the trash barges that crawl the river day and night, we no longer wonder, and at the same time are made hopeful by this kind of news. Maybe it’s time for Shanghaiist to take up kayaking?
- Finally, the Shanghai Daily (again; hey, they’re a pretty decent paper) reports that a joint-venture has been formed between the Rockefeller Group and the New Huangpu Group to renovate “a section of the Bund at the intersection of Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek“. Shanghaiist has been noticing that an empty lot just before the 外白渡桥/Garden Bridge has been cleared, and a set of older buildings behind the lot is now visible. Hopefully the involvement of the Rockefeller will help prevent another “renovation” like the one happening at Culture Square.