Sunday, April 26, 2009

Beijing: A Snapshot of the Future?

*This blog entry chapter, which i haven't finished writing yet, is still underdevelopment. I will be updating it soon. In the meantime, you can find some photos for this entry below:
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(A high speed lane; I believe this is the Second Ring Road, as it's called).

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(I wish our urban futures looked more like this. Real and effective bike infrastructure that really gets people onto bikes and creates a safe/easy yet extremely fun bicycling environment).

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(In Beijing, many buildings, often called "hutongs," which have generally housed working-class families for the last 700 years, are being destroyed and replaced by more 'modern' and denser new buildings).

Image and video hosting by TinyPic (The above image of a monitor which depicts (live) several different intersections being filmed for whatever purposes is actually located in Chengde, not in Beijing. Chengde is a few hours from Beijing, by bus. Do the monitors prevent crime? I guess that would depend on how you define 'crime,' right?).

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