As concern grows over the potential loss of community development and planning funds at the federal level, Indigo Bishop writes to remind us that communities have the networks and resources to make it through periods of scarcity.
Development and Displacement in Shanghai’s Xintiandi District
Residents of a neighborhood filled with historic Shanghai architectural style buildings, shikumen, found themselves removed by their government in favor of new, modern luxury condos, hotels, up-scale retail stores, and trendy cafes.
Sophie Plottel looks into the lack of social justice in Shanghai’s Xintiandi District. A decade ago the government removed thousands of households and businesses so that the district could be transformed into a modern commercial center. Today it is filled with high-end retail shops, cafes, luxury condos and hotels. The shikumen style housing remains, ironically to “preserve the feel of ‘Old Shanghai’,” without its original residents. Little thought was given to where the displaced residents would go, as many have relocated to peri-urban areas “where infrastructure and facilities are largely underdeveloped."