Life in the ‘Hood (20060527)
Old woman walking slowly, Jin Jia Fang, Old Town, Shanghai. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2006. As with any city worth its salt, Shanghai is more than just great food, the Bund and the face of New China. I was utterly entranced by the old neighborhoods, the nong. (In Beijing, they're called hutong.) Life is lived here on the streets, with people milling about and interacting that we have lost in our modern world. They were either oblivious or unconcerned or too powerless to do anything about the changing world around them, which served only to enhance the charm of it all. Of course, having a private toilet has charm, too, and therein lies crux of the problem.