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The Walled City

One day, I'll set a story in this:

"The reason why the Walled City of Kowloon gets so frequently mentioned as a ruin is, while it was there, it was as if the people who lived in it were living their lives in the guts of some great, monstrous, maze.



"The city was a curiosity for a very long time – a strange bit of legal knotting making it Chinese and not British -- but the labyrinth didn't start to grow appreciably until after the second world war when it became a haven for... well, people without a state: refugees, squatters, thieves, drug-dealers, and much more (and much worse). Neither Great Britain nor China refused to have anything to do with the immense warren of walkways, apartments, workshops, factories, brothels, gambling dens, and opium dens.

Looking at pictures of the city today, it looks like some kind of ramshackle prison, a cyberpunk nightmare of florescent lights, spectrally flickering televisions, and mazes of perpetually damp hallways and trash-strewn alleyways. Yet, for many people living there, it was simply home."



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(crossposted)

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buymeaclue
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Cooooool.
benpeek
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
i reckon so.
benpayne
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. It would be a great setting.
benpeek
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
yeah, it'd be cool, hey?
lucius_t
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
I thought they'd torn it down. I have this great old coffee table book about Kowloon that was published by some architectural company back in the 90s. Fascinating place.
benpeek
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
yeah, they did. in the nineties, i think. i've seen that book round--i was gonna by it but it's pricey. looked great as a book though.
lucius_t
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
It's awesome/ Well worth the price. I've planned to seta story in a Kowloon type place but never have.
benpeek
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
it'd be neat to do, ireckon. it'd be neat to go talk to the peope who lived there as well.
lucius_t
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
Yep. Be fun/ Go for i.
catsparx
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
t really does look like something Gibson made up
lyndarama
Jun. 5th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Wow, cool. I'd love to visit that too.
sickbobby.blogspot.com
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Apparently Mum took us to a dentist in the Walled City when I was young. Can't remember if I was freaked out about the place or not. Though if it was a place that my Mum felt she could go with 2 young kids then it couldn't be too rough, ey?
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