2017.04.30 | 德輔道西 69 des voeux road
想不通的是，為何只拆 67而 69 有得留低，然而留下的繼續放任凋零。
this is no.71,69,&67 on des voeux road west, which is along the tram route, where sutherland street is running across.
my focus is the one in the middle, i.e. no. 69. it is a four-storey tong lau / shop house. it has left vacant for years. the building on its right is a relatively younger western style 6-storey building. on its left, now an empty space – well with many supporting steel bars – used to be a building looking pretty much same kind of shop house.
i go by this stretch fairly often. i can never stop wondering why they took down no. 67 another probably of the same age house but leaving no.69 “alive”. the curious thing is this tong lau is only existing deteriorating condition.
as an old building lover, of course i treasure every last-minute to see one still sticking around. therefore every time i pass by here, i will give it a good look, a little saluting gesture to a surviving old building. another highlight of this veteran is the two young trees thriving on the roof top.
特別搜看谷歌地圖舊的「street view」，找到2009年和2010年的面貌，下面輯圖以作比對。did some research on google map’s street view. capturing a few grabs of how this space look in 2009 and 2010. check them out below.