Oil Street

Oil Street

In a city packed with some of the most expensive real estate on the planet, you don’t expect to find a piece of prime waterfront property such as Oil Street on the North Point waterfront, abandoned like an old shipwreck. But this waterfront scene speaks more to government indecision than miracle-economy expansion.

Proposals to redevelop Oil Street have come and gone over the years. In the 1990s, the depot was home to a thriving artists’ colony, but the bohos were unceremoniously booted out for a proposed redevelopment project that never materialized.

Oil Street ends abruptly at Victoria Harbor in a small cul-de-sac surrounded on three sides by graffiti-covered walls, which on my last visit included a poignant homage to the city’s most famous graffiti artist, the King of Kowloon, who died last year. The sloshing of water against the concrete shore and dull roar of traffic from the nearby East Island Corridor provide appropriate ambiance.

Sitting on an old bench, I took in a sweeping view of the bustling harbor and the city’s famed skyscrapers, wondering if any of the corporate big shots inside of them are looking back across the water at this forgotten corner of Hong Kong waiting for its reclamation.

This article was originally published on CNNGo, a new travel and lifestyle website. More photos can be seen there.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Wednesday September 30 2009at 12:09 pm , filed under Asia Pacific and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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