First, a quote from my favorite architectural blogger, Lynn Becker of Chicago:
Ultimately, buildings – even the great ones – are only as good as the sense of life they nurture within. Even unexceptional structures….can often do this especially well.
Ancient wall, Guangdaxiang Alley. The last time I was there, it had suffered damage from the May 12 earthquake and was partially roped off.
“Ghosted” image of chairs in an old alley, Shuijingfang district.
An old residence and brick entry gate that have disappeared from central Chengdu since I took this photo 2 years ago.
Another victim? The Shuijingfang district is fast disappearing, but the destruction seems to have momentarily stopped. Ancient alleys now dead-end at the back walls of luxury hotel/shopping complexes.