Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Monday, January 8, 2007 at 11:14 AM
Nan Luoguxiang is one of the oldest hutongs in Beijing and has been a residential neighborhood for hundreds of years. In the last few years, bars, cafés and boutique stores have flourished in the alley way, drawing tourists and Beijing residents in search of low key night life and a taste of old Beijing.
In the last six months, the local government renovated the alley way, destroying temporary structures that some residents had built, cleaning up the facades of the buildings and repaving the alley with grey stones. Was the renovation successful, or just another example of bad urban planning in Beijing?
This Hard Hat Show episode shows the hutong renovation in progress and the end result, and includes an interview with Xiao Bianr, the owner of Pass By Bar, the oldest bar / café on Luoguxiang.
If the above Youtube player does not work, you can also see the video at Danwei TV where there are links to other formats.
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