Yan'an is part of a sprawling elevated highway system in the
heart of Shanghai that epitomizes the gung-ho mega public-works projects
that are going on all over China at the moment. This is a six-lane highway
that is literally jammed into the middle of a densely packed modern city.
Hundreds of thousands of families were displaced and hundreds of millions
of dollars were spent to make this happen. In forcing this monstrosity onto
an already fully-developed (yet still evolving) megalopolis, Shanghai has
created a conduit with which to examine the multilayered texture that
makes up this city.
This is a look at Shanghai life today through the menagerie that is along this road.