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City of Darkness: The most densely populated place on earth is now abandoned - Abandoned Spaces
There is no better way to describe the atmosphere of the Kowloon Walled City than with the words of Leung Ping-kwan, a well-known Hong Kong poet, novelist, essayist, scholar, important cultural figure of the city, and recipient of the Hong Kong Medal of Honor. In his book City of Darkness, he wrote the following: "Here, prostitutes installed themselves on one side of the street while a priest preached and handed out powdered milk to the poor on the other; social workers gave guidance while drug addicts squatted under the stairs getting high; what were children's games centers by day became strip-show venues by night. It was a very complex place, difficult to generalize about, a place that seemed frightening but where most people continued to lead normal lives. A place just like the rest of Hong Kong." Leung Ping-kwan - City of Darkness, p. 120
by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 02:36:11 PM EST
I've never been to Hong Kong. I have been to Shanghai, but not long enough (at least one month) to get much farther on foot than Old City recommended restaurants. At that time, planners were still working out how to promote colonial charms of the neighborhood. But if I had, I suppose I would have wandered into a "quarter" that looked a lot more like Kowloon -- The ruins of a slum within an "enclave."

Kowloon photos immediately reminded me of locations in the film Push. Yes, and there it is.

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by Cat on Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 07:59:51 PM EST
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