Rebuilding the Market Economy

It used to be routine: wake up, walk to the wet market and buy the day’s fresh ingredients for dinner. Markets have always been a part of Hong Kong life, but these days, they are losing ground to supermarkets, whose numbers have grown exponentially over the past two decades. Chain supermarkets Wellcome and Park’n’Shop now […]

Exit Shinjuku

Outside exit A9, Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

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Reading the Moscow Metro

Taganskaya Station at 36 meters below Moscow streets Taganskaya Station at 53 meters underground The announcement that the 77-year-old Moscow Metro would be wired for Wi-Fi access later this year prompted my perusal of photos from a visit to the Russian capital, where, daily, some 6.5 million daily riders descend into the subterranean netherworld. The […]

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The Ghosts of Oil Street

Oil Street. Photo by Eric To This story was originally published in the November 2010 edition of Muse, the new-defunct review of Hong Kong arts and culture. It was a hot night when I sat inside the cluttered studios of the pirate radio station FM 101, six floors up inside an industrial building in Kwun […]

Photos of the Week: Subway/Show Off

Subway, Budapest Show off, Ezeres These are just some of the striking images in our Urbanphoto group on Flickr. Want to see your photos here? Join the group.

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“Defect Rectification”

Hong Kong’s HK$5.5 billion new government headquarters is falling apart just three months after it opened Crooked wall fixtures, chipped railings, torn wallpaper, stained walls and signboards held up by masking tape in the Legislative Council: the recent outbreak of legionnaire’s disease is not the only problem at the Hong Kong government’s expensive new headquarters. […]

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Montreal by Bike

My love affair with Bixi remains undiminished. This despite the wear-and-tear its popularity has caused — I have been left frustrated by broken docks and bikes on more than a couple of occasions — and the fact that accessibility on the fringes of its service areas is a bit spotty. (It’s no fun to bike […]

Delving Brick Lane’s Layers

Early on a Friday morning, London’s Brick Lane bustles with Bangladeshis heading to prayers at the local mosque. The women wear brightly coloured saris and the men don long pastel robes, looking striking as they stride along this worn English street. A few hours later, they are gone and the feel of the street has […]

How Tall is Too Tall?

Dubai. Photo by Zeyad T. Al-Mudhaf The Burj Khalifa defies the imagination. It stands nearly one kilometre above the streets of Dubai, spanning a total of 163 floors — 209 if you could the maintenance levels in the building’s spire. When it was completed in 2010, at a cost of more than US$1.5 billion, it […]

Photo of the Week: One Step Ahead

New Year’s Eve, Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano, Japan. Photo by Peter Schön. 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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