The Star Ferry’s Long Farewell

Hong Kong people aren’t very sentimental, but when Chan Tsu-wing told me about his life as a coxswain, I noticed a certain wistfulness creep into in his words. “I love my job — it gives me the best view of the city,” he said while piloting the 45-year-old Silver Star across Victoria Harbour. He waved […]

Gentrification or Redevelopment?

Light from a new fashion boutique floods an alley near Blake Garden, Hong Kong Alan Lo Yeung-kit is an unlikely critic of urban renewal. Three of his successful restaurants — Classified, Press Room and The Pawn — are located in Urban Renewal Authority projects in Sheung Wan and Wan Chai. Critics have accused his businesses […]

Cairo’s Taxi Revolution

Photos by Peter Morgan (top), and MatHelium (bottom) Hop in any cab in any city of the world and you’re likely to be treated to lively political commentary. That’s especially true in autocratic regimes, where the availability of other spaces in which random strangers can meet and speak openly has often been severely curtailed. Cairo’s […]

Photo of the Week: 4am

This week’s photo — a diptych — comes courtesy of Montreal photographer Jeanine Caron. Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

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In Sicily, Between Now and Eternity / 8

J’apprend que j’ai atteint, au crépuscule de cette épuisante journée à longer le fleuve Anapo et cette route qui serpente à ses côtés, la cité de Belvedere, qui culmine au sommet d’une colline et dévoile un large panorama de la Sicile orientale. Déjà, le cours d’eau historique disparait au loin vers le rivage, devenant par […]

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Photos of the Week: Well Seated

This week’s photos were taken in Taipei and Neihu by Poagao, a writer, photographer and filmmaker who immigrated to Taiwan from the United States in the 1980s. Check out his Flickr photostream. Every week, we feature striking images from our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

Public Service Murals in Suzhou

After spotting a series of public service mosaics around Shanghai’s old alleys, I’ve been keeping my eye out for similar posters on out-of-town trips. My latest trip to Suzhou had been fruitful. I spotted this row of lovely painted murals while strolling through a quiet lane parallel to the busy Shiquan Street (十全街), which emphasized […]

Same Same But Different

Earlier this month I found myself in Macau for an afternoon, waiting for my girlfriend to pick up her Macau identity card from a local government office. I wandered up to the small streets just below the Fortaleza do Monte, an old military fort, and happened across a trio of terraces lined by mid-twentieth-century buildings. […]

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Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt, Hiding in Plain Sight

Photo by Sarah Carr I couldn’t quite glimpse Hosni Mubarak from my balcony in Garden City, but simply knowing that his portrait was nearby made me unable to shake the sensation of being watched. Not exactly towering over, but nudged by its rooftop mechanicals above the rooflines of the neighborhood’s decadently decomposing 19th century apartment […]

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In Sicily, Between Now and Eternity / 7

Vista di Carlentini con l’Etna Je suis assis maladroitement dans ce lourd camion et rigole avec Alessandro qui a eu très peur de m’aplatir. Du haut de son corps gigantesque et large, il impose sa présence comme un orage en été. D’ailleurs, son rire grave me rappel le tonnerre. Derrière nous, une cargaison composée de […]

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Public Service Mosaics in Shanghai

Ruihua Lane (瑞华坊) is one of the many old alleys in Shanghai’s Luwan District (卢湾区), but it’s distinguished by its wonderful display of visual public service announcements made up entirely of large mosaic tiles. Though slightly fading, the posters, in good Party-like slogan fashion, reminded the lane’s former residents of behaviors that went along with […]

Photo of the Week: Up and Up

We’ve got Twitter, a Facebook page and now — the latest addition to our relentlessly-expanding social media empire — a Flickr group. Actually, the Flickr group has been around for a long time, but in recent years it has fallen into a kind of decrepitude. We’ve decided to revive it. Every Monday, we will post […]

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A Walk Through Kam Tin

Sometime in the late tenth century, a Sung Dynasty bureaucrat named Tang Hon-fat left his hometown of Pak Sha Village in Jiangxi province atook a trip south, to the coast of Guangdong. When he passed through the lush valley now known as Kam Tin, he was so taken by its natural beauty and the friendliness […]

In Sicily, Between Now and Eternity / 6

Traversant Lentini pour une dernière fois, je constate à quel point elle peut être un mélange explosif où les contraires se voisinent et se méprisent. Quelques constructions d’allure moderne au milieu d’une foret de pierres, en ruine. Ces pauvres dans la rue qui regardent passer les Mercedes, BMW et autres Maserati. Ce chien mort, qui […]