The Last Days of Old Nanjing

The Economic Observer (经济观察报) has a photo essay on disappearing old :

Red banners with slogans such as “The Earlier you Move Out, the More Rewards you Will Get” and “Cast Away Illusion and Make Practical Negotiations” hang from the blue steel fences that have been erected around the residential areas within the southern section of Nanjing’s old city. The signs run all the way along Gutong street, which stretches along the length of the southern wall of the old city.

Trash, rubble and bricks cover the street; dust left by the wall-demolishing crews quickly vanishes into the air; small advertisements touting the services of moving companies and home appliance recyclers are plastered over the walls, doors and even the windows along the street.

These images give you a peek into the southern area of Nanjing’s old city after the local government decided to go ahead with the demolition of many of the older residences earlier this year.

The work is part of a city reconstruction project that has been going on for years and involves the local government knocking down many old buildings – some dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties – and replacing them with modern residential and office buildings.

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