新秀: end of another line

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This weekend walked around the Xinxiu area. Located just east of Caiwuwei, Xinxiu was part of early, early Shenzhen development. However, as the SEZ developed in a westerly direction (away from Wutong Mountain), Xinxiu got stuck in mid 80s architectural forms, with occassional circa 1992 eruptions. And yes, Shen Gang New Village recalls the early days of cross border investment and like “xiao kang” has vanished from everyday conversations. More importantly, these impressions suggest the human scale of early Shenzhen. Look closely and note the clear water, the open neighborhoods, and low cost housing options that are scheduled for upgrading. All this to say, unlike many other built, rebuilt and razed again housing developments, Xinxiu feels like a neighborhood, in the old-fashioned sense of the term.

2 thoughts on “新秀: end of another line

  1. I enjoy your blog so much. I am American living in Bai Mang Village, Bai Mang Checkpoint, Xili Town, Nanshan, Shenzhen. I work in Futian. I didn’t actually know I lived in an “urban village” until about a month ago. Partly due to your blog and partly due to working at an engineering and design company that is involved with revitalization projects. I have a blog also at “newsfromthefareast@wordpress.com”. I have included village life in my blog as well. It keeps the family and friends in US appraised of my life here. I have been here since July and hope that I will be able to learn more about this amazing place.

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