Amy C. Smith

Photojournalist
    
Shanghai Sprawl
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Nationality: United States
Biography:   I am an amateur photographer interested in photojournalism.  I currently live in Jakarta, where I am an international school teacher of mathematics.  It offers me a unique opportunity to see different parts of the world in a more... read on
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Shanghai Sprawl
Credits: amy c. smith
Updated: 01/02/16
Location: Shanghai, China
There is a price paid to have a booming metropolis such as Shanghai, China - urban sprawl.  Lane houses are being torn down to make room for the next big mall or modern high rise.  A traditional “lane house” lends itself to community - neighbors often share a kitchen and common space, wet markets are set up on doorsteps and curb sides, and mahjong is played under awnings as players bring their stools to join in.  From gossip to groceries, these are true communities and everyone knows everyone.  The eviction of families and demolition of homes seems to occur overnight, relocating families to update homes in high rise buildings, often in a different part of the city entirely.  While some families may be eager for a new modern apartment, others may be parting ways with neighbors and friends that they have had for much of their life.
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