my backyard is across the street

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 in china, shanghai, urbanism | No Comments

We are well versed in the language of American suburbs: winding streets, cul-de-sacs, houses set well back from the street, and private backyards. Even though the street I grew up on was decidedly more rural than suburban–perhaps as a result of that–the dreams and broken promises of the idealized suburban development cause an overuse of ...