Shanghai, the pride of China, races towards its future, bejeweled with glitzy sky scrapers, glowing with billions of energy consuming lights, employing the largest work force in the world, day and night, 7 days a week and waiting for no one to be ready for this epic change. In neighborhoods like this one, people are given very little notice before their homes get demolished giving room to bigger, more modern and more expensive buildings. The people themselves are moved to housing outside the city to start a new life with little character, with no traditions and with not much choice. Every week that I visit these alleys, I find that more and more of them has disappeared…
8 replies on “Modernization at any cost”
We can only be sure of change and death….
This reminds me of a documentary I saw on the building of Three Gorges Dam. Over a million individuals displaced and the river, too…
Yes, this happens all over the developing world, doesn’t it? Thank you Karen!
I hope we don’t want all from the old world, even if some modernization is necessary. Seems unfair.
indeed! Thank you for commenting!
Sad and unfair!
Sad and unfair it seems!