The Cheonggyecheon Experience

What amazed me most about Cheonggyecheon was its freedom. Here was a stream running through the middle of Seoul, one of the world’s largest cities, and it gurgled as contentedly as any country creek. You can walk next to the water, sit next to it, wade in and feel its sharp chill on your calves. […]

Two Sides of Sinan Lu

Standing in the middle of Sinan Lu (思南路), facing Fuxing West Lu (复兴西路) in Shanghai’s French Concession, one noted commercial development and ostentatious luxury stood face to face with the ghosts of past riches. Yet history and the present are embodied by the tradition of old European-styled villas. Only, the villas on the right had its layout redesigned, foundations tilted sideways, its innards replaced with modern amenities (lifts!), and the courtyards beautified with plenty of commercial landscaping. On the other side of the street stood the original structures, tired, broken down and empty of its occupants.

A Walk Through San Lorenzo di Roma

Aux portes de Rome Un quartier singulier. La seule zone de Rome bombardée, lors de la deuxième guerre. Quatre mille bombes ; trois mille victimes, dont le souvenir flotte toujours autour de ces rues. Ces quelques rues, un kilomètre carré tout au plus, où se regroupe la Rome révolutionnaire. Malgré tout, ce qui choque le […]

Posted in: Europe, Heritage and Preservation, History, Society and Culture by Daniel Corbeil Comments Off on A Walk Through San Lorenzo di Roma , , ,

Say Goodbye to Old Hong Kong

Old buildings bought for redevelopment are displayed in the window of an acquisition company office on Victory Avenue in Ho Man Tin There goes the neighbourhood. A new government policy on compulsory sales in old buildings has led to a property gold rush in Hong Kong’s older districts, putting homeowners on guard and worrying many […]

Posted in: Asia Pacific, Demographics, Heritage and Preservation, Politics, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Say Goodbye to Old Hong Kong , , , , , ,

Growing Pains in a Hong Kong Backwater

Last month, two stray dogs were found dead on a Mui Wo beach. News of their fate spread quickly through the nearby villages. “It was definitely a poisoning,” said a worker in a beachside restaurant. She explained that people walking through the nearby hills often felt intimidated by the dogs. But who would do such […]

Posted in: Asia Pacific, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Growing Pains in a Hong Kong Backwater ,

Cape Tin

A row of numbered tin shacks in Blikkiesdorp. Photo from the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign Nestled in a sun-kissed valley amid coastal mountains, pastel-hued, historic Cape Town is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful cities. So it’s long been a rude awakening for first time visitors expecting to arrive amid its sweeping vistas and […]

Gentrification: Y2K to Today

2000 2009 Change is a constant in most cities, and it’s no surprise that a decade can yield dramatic alterations to a specific street or even storefront. Take this slice of San Francisco’s Mission Street, photographed by Eric Fischer, creator of the locals v. tourists photography maps, which he captured in 2000 and again just […]

Posted in: Heritage and Preservation, History, Society and Culture, United States by Christopher Szabla Comments Off on Gentrification: Y2K to Today , , , , ,

Killing Prince Edward Road’s Creative Buzz

Twenty years ago, when film producer Amy Chin was looking for a new office, she came across a 1,500-square-foot flat in an old shophouse in the Mong Kok Flower Market. She fell in love as soon as she saw the 12-foot ceilings, balcony and huge, enclosed verandah. “This place is very good for creative people […]

Posted in: Architecture, Asia Pacific, Heritage and Preservation, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on Killing Prince Edward Road’s Creative Buzz , , , , , ,

Moving on from Fort Point

The bridge where Summer Street crosses over A is literally the bowels of Fort Point, the shadowy bottom of a neighborhood where buildings reach different heights depending where they meet the grade of the street. In October, the underside of the bridge was covered in rainbow-colored, neon slinkys. Closer to the holiday season, it was […]

Posted in: Art and Design, Society and Culture, United States by Christopher Szabla Comments Off on Moving on from Fort Point , , ,

A Brief History of Noho

Queen’s Road, near Noho, in 1930 and today. Photo by HK Man Noho is Hong Kong’s newest neighbourhood. It’s also one of the oldest. This is, of course, an old part of town that has just recently gentrified and been given a New York-inspired moniker, which stands for North of Hollywood Road and is a […]

Posted in: Asia Pacific, Heritage and Preservation, History, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on A Brief History of Noho ,

Hipster-Hasid Bike War in Brooklyn

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19oo7Ejq9WI[/youtube] The tensions had to bubble to the surface at some point. That’s the consensus that has emerged since underground cylcing activists literally took their fight to the streets, reclaiming a fourteen block stretch of bike lane that had been removed in Brooklyn earlier this year — at the possible behest of the area’s ultra-Orthodox […]

Posted in: Public Space, Society and Culture, Transportation, United States, Video by Christopher Szabla Comments Off on Hipster-Hasid Bike War in Brooklyn , , , , , ,

The Lower Main

Keep a close eye on the block of the Main between René Lévesque and Ste. Catherine — it’s due for some big changes. Already, the peep shows, sketchy bars and strip clubs are finding themselves neighbours with art galleries and the SAT. You’ll notice that some of these buildings, like the one containing the Épicerie […]

Posted in: Canada by Christopher DeWolf Comments Off on The Lower Main , , ,

Paris: Beyond the End of History

Quai d’Orsay: From Commuters to Connoisseurs French culture is dead. So declared Time magazine’s Don Morrison recently. Complacently subsisting off plentiful government subsidies, France’s once-trendsetting culture class have failed to keep up and compete with any of the noise issuing forth from the anglophone world. If France’s capital city is any reflection of the country’s […]

The Contradicitons of Södra Sofielund

A picturesque garden city or a gritty ghetto? Both can be claimed about Södra Sofielund, a small neighbourhood in Malmö where high rates of criminality and poverty go side by side with idyllic homes of the intellectual middle class. Rosenlundsgatan is a nice little street with row houses and small detached houses from the early […]