Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Escalators at Sai Ying Pun Centre Street

They are quite quick with construction here.  Unlike the second avenue subway in New York, which has a "long and tortured history" (exact words of the New York Transit Authority) starting from the 1920s and is to this day still not yet complete, the new set of outdoor escalators in Sai Ying Pun (the first set are in Soho on Shelley Street in Central and Midlevels) are pretty much complete.

They are also building a Sai Ying Pun metro stop. These escalators and the new MTR stop will do a lot to open up the neighborhood - unfortunately, real estate prices will rise, and in fact has already shown marked increase, as a result of this new construction.

New cafes and Western restaurants have been popping up in this area pretty steadily for the past year now.

A funny thing about these escalators is that they move really, really slowly.  Michael and I joke that "it's a local thing" that everyone just stands on the escalators in Soho, but given the glacial pace of this set of escalators, I would be very hard pressed not to walk it. 

They are just finishing up plumbing on the sides.

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