Deterioration

I am intrigued by this building that I passed several times in my solo wanderings around Shanghai. Do people still live there? It appears that they do because of the open windows and laundry. On the other hand, is it vacant — or nearly vacant, waiting for the demolition crew? On the ground floor, the shops appear to be boarded up. Across the street is an upscale apartment complex and, as you can see, behind it is a sea of high-rise apartment buildings. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)

Shanghai Street Scenes

I was impressed by the magnificent old buildings of the Bund and the sleek towers of the new architecture; however, my heart was drawn to the other side of Shanghai. While I felt I was intruding on their lives, I was blessed with the opportunity to share a small morsel of ordinary life.