Beijing 2006 - Making space for a new road

Marjolein Katsma

Groningen, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma

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beijing, china, hutong, meishi street, mei shi jie, demolition, rubble, destruction, road building

This is part of the second series of Beijing 2006 – The hutong photos; see my journal posts Beijing 2006 – The hutong and Beijing 2006: Out with the old, in with the new for the background of this series.

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From where I started along Meishi Street, at the crossing with the shopping street Dashilan Commercial street, I could see it was all rubble, all the way to the Southern End. After taking the shot of the whole area next to the street being torn down, I had arrived nearly at the Northern end of the street, and it was still all rubble. Yet for many people it was a through road so they plodded along it , walking, on bikes or on their electric bikes (I call the “whisper bikes” because you can’t hear them coming). This was the vie when I turned around and looked back along the road, more or less to the South.

I found it rather depressing. Even knowing that it was simply necessary to deal with traffic didn’t make it any less depressing.

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

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Demolition along Meishi Street

Walking home through the rubble

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