The World Expo draws to a close in less than a month and Shanghai urban planning officials seek to turn the space into yet another busy city hub chock full of, not surprisingly, ritzy malls and high rise apartments.
Although China’s pavilion reopens December 1 to the public, other countries will simply see their grandiose constructions bulldozed. A few will remain as exhibition grounds, but no specifics yet on which ones.
Turning this fairly expansive area into a concentrated metropolis seems doubtful, but the government appears convinced of its success, despite their failure with the Expo Village, which remains largely empty and sure to become more of a ghost town come October 31st.
Development also means we will be hearing the joyous noise of construction, which will not only resume in and around the Expo, but throughout Shanghai as previously halted projects to reduce Expo traffic congestion picks up again.
And just when we thought less people would introduce some calmness to this city.