Bars Must be Removed", reads the headline in a Xin Min Wan Bao
article that's been bouncing around the WeChat echo chamber tonight. That article features a "Summer Hotline" (夏令热线) interview
with Xuhui District Mayor Bao Bingzhang about the popular bar street's future.
The interviewer and the District Mayor discuss how the currently "overloaded" street was filled with wet markets until 2010, when district authorities began shutting them down for being "zang, luan, cha
" (dirty, messy, and low quality). That's about when bars and restaurants started inhabiting the 1920s and 1930s housing stock there, and here we are, six years later, looking at those shutting down. It's the Shanghai Circle of Life...