Monday, March 15, 2010

Urban Improvement

I have mentioned before that Hong Kong does not have a strong art scene or vibe. The city is so focused on money and shopping. Most urban improvement and development results in more shopping, housing, and/or eating. I was delightfully surprised to see the most recent project take on a green and arty theme. There is a heavily traveled walkway connecting to the Mid Level escalators that is getting a face lift. Before, it contained a few rundown shops and was often inhabited by beggars and homeless. Now, it is decorated with hand-painted murals and living walls. Of course, there is some life-size anime, but at least it is handmade. I have seen many people stopping to photograph and admire the new design. Way to go Hong Kong!

No comments: