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News: Laowai Jie Next to Get the Axe?

We've got a new victim on the chopping block

So it looks like Laowai Jie (aka Foreigner Street and Hongmei Entertainment Street) might be the next area to go ala Yongkang Lu and Danshui Lu style.


Word comes to us via Shanghai Daily that the structures on Laowai Jie are actually illegal and is to be dismantled. "(They) were built temporarily after 1999 to make life convenient for nearby residents," said director of housing administration at Shanghai's housing and urban-rural construction and management commission Wang Mingqiang.


Due to the area being developed at the time, authorities had set up these temporary structures to house restaurants and bars for the convenience of surrounding residents. Wang went on to explained that the temporary permits have actually expired back in 2005.


The article on Shanghai Daily also goes on to list out nearby residents' grieveances as another key reason for the crackdown—boisterous crowds, fights in the middle of night, and traffic jams on surrounding roads—you know the drill.


Zhang Wucai, deputy manager of street management company says that all current lease agreements were signed up to the end of 2019, and that he has no idea if and when constructions would be torn down. Discussions are said to be underway for establishments to migrate over to nearby Xianfeng Street.


Some restaurants on the stretch that might be forced to move soon: Big BambooGreek Taverna, Simply Thai, Tap House.


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Wansien Lee
Wansien Lee is the Life & Style Editor for City Weekend Shanghai. She's Malaysian by name, but funnily enough has never lived in Malaysia. She likes writing about food and travel, and will probably end up the crazy lady down the street with thirty-seven cats.


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