In the inner core of the city, whole neighborhoods are being raised to the ground to make way for what will mostly be new residential housing. Note the one house still standing in a small sub-series of the images: it is an old German missionary residency. The whole area (or much of it) pre-1949 belonged to a German convent. The old Concordia Club building (wonderfully restored and preserved) is only a stone's throw away.
The Chinese lady is Mrs. Song, who has lived in the neighborhood for her entire life, and is now asked to leave (being compensated by the municipal government with ca. $12.500 for her old home, not enough to find a new place she says). She sued once, and lost. She said she is suing again.
A couple of historical photographs demonstrate how this and other such neighborhood looked like in the 1920s and 30s.
Thomas H. Hahn, July 25, 2006
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