Eager to take advantage of a day of sunshine on Saturday, we decided to take the subway down to the Bund area to check out the newly-reopened promenade. We figured we’d walk over to it pretty quickly from a Xiaonanmen, a stop a few blocks back from the riverfront.
But we emerged above-ground from the thrilling modern subway, we found ourselves in a bustling old neighborhood,where grand buildings from early in the last centurygave way to ramshacklety additions in the middle of the last centuryand are now simply giving way.
Advertisements say a huge block of luxury housing. I know, too much has already been written about the tearing down of old neighborhoods to make way for highrises in Shanghai. Still, the irony of the signage here was especially pronounced.
I can appreciate why the billboards along the wall surrounding the construction would promise
although precisely what this one is offering still eludes me.
Isn’t that what’s being torn down?