Shanghai’s SoHo

THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES’ Kelly Carter offers an astute and descriptive snapshot of Shanghai’s beourgeoning Suzhou Creek and M50 neighborhoods, which appear to be the churning epicenters of a new art scene [via China Digital Times]:

SHANGHAI — The black Mercedes-Benz sedan, shiny and new, begged for attention as it sat curbside in front of a dingy red, dilapidated, two-story apartment building, where laundry hung from clotheslines across weathered front doors.

Across the street Xin Fu made for a jarring juxtaposition. Smartly dressed in a snazzy vintage, black Chanel dress, fancy Wolford stockings and red suede designer handbag, as if going out for an evening on the town although it wasn’t even noon on a Saturday, she looked as out of place in Suzhou Creek as the unattended luxury car. Yet both symbolized what the area has become in recent years.”

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