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The Neighborhood Path to Nowhere

This alley leads to a wide series of lots of rubble, where once there were intricate alleyways and multi-hundred-year-old Silk Road homes.

 

The story unfolding in Kashgar’s old town ties together many of the themes of China’s “growing pains:” transition from old infrastructure to new, forced displacement of residents from traditional community spaces into new high-rise apartments, an overriding focus on municipal district-level quarterly GDP growth, the bizarre preference of Chinese tourists for “Disneyland” culture to authentic artifacts and places, and the central government’s efforts to exert control over restive minorities by undermining their shared cultural heritage.

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Taken on September 7, 2010