|Graham Street Ghost Walkers|
|Written by Yu Fang Jing|
|Wednesday, 18 March 2009|
By Ron Anderson, Fangjing and Pan-Pan
Beneath Hong Kong's looming office buildings and towering high rises, the 150 year-old Graham Street Market endures as one of the city's few living heritage sites. Elderly shoppers buy their groceries here daily, school children meet friends and tourists drawn by its simple charm stroll under its canopied and cozy pedestrian-only alleys.
Now, after several years of heated public hearings prompted by heritage conservation groups and redrafting of development plans, The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is starting an ambitious blanket redevelopment of the market area into a retail, hotel/residential and office building site.
Gradually, as shops close and fewer customers return, the market shrinks and decays. What hawkers (vendors) remain, spend as much time talking idly with each other as they do patrons. Our story shows some of the last living voices of Hong Kong's first and long-serving commercial community.
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