Nan Luoguxiang is one of the oldest hutongs in Beijing and has been a residential neighborhood for hundreds of years. In the last few years, bars, cafés and boutique stores have flourished in the alley way, drawing tourists and Beijing residents in search of low key night life and a taste of old Beijing.
In the last six months, the local government renovated the alley way, destroying temporary structures that some residents had built, cleaning up the facades of the buildings and repaving the alley with grey stones.
Was the renovation successful, or just another example of bad urban planning in Beijing?
This Hard Hat Show episode is an interview with Xiao Bian'r, the owner of the oldest bar on Luoguxiang (see www.passbybar.com)