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Strolling down memorable lanes (2)

By Chen Ye (Shanghai Daily)

10:43, January 09, 2012

"I have sold fish for years on Hongzhen Old Street and now I am full of doubt since I heard this last remaining street will be gone in five years," Xue says.

Redevelopment began in the 1990s. District Director Wu Qing says 2,850 families were relocated and 114,000 square meters of old buildings were demolished in 2011 and in five years redevelopment will be complete.

Hongzhen Old Street once was part of Hong'an Town, a trade market in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

In the 1930s, there were still farmlands, cattle farms and villages in the area. Starting from 1958, paved roads were built and river land was filled in for construction.

In the 1980s the street was famous for hooliganism and big gangs.

A famous bank robbery, said to be Shanghai's first, was committed by a bus driver from Hongzhen Street in November 1987. Driver Yu Shuangge stole a gun from a police station and held up a Hongkou bank.

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