Polifactory China | This is our eleventh “Urban Experience” in Shanghai, with which we intend to show the changes the city has undergone over time, and done understanding the urban morphology. We look at each street from an architectural, urban and historical viewpoint.
Introduction | The experience goes from just before the starting point of the Huangpi Road, as the real starting point is in the People’s Square at the intersection with Nanjing Road. It will end where the road crosses the street Xujiahui. During the way several of the streets that make up this Urban Experience intersect with Huangpi. First crosses Renmin (Urban Experience 15) then Fuxing (Urban Experience 05) and finally with Jianguo (Urban Experience 14). It’s a “pretty changing morphology” street depending on the area in which elapses. This street belongs to the district of Luwan even if it starts in the Huangpu district. From the starting point take pictures every 200 meters, or whenever there is a significant change in the urban landscape. The scale of the street is quite changeable. Length: 2,800 km.
History | The Huangpi Road was formerly known under various names depending on the concession to which he belonged, like many others here already explained. The northern section that belonged to the International Settlement was known as Mohawk Road , once became part of the French Concession had an original name until 1906 Rue Omichan and from then became known as Rue Bayle. The English part of the street was known for housing the entrance to the “Shanghai Jockey Club” racecourse and had the first Jewish cemetery in the city, and had a significant food market which name was Mohawk. The French side had only the National Amateur Athletic Society as relevant institution.
Nowadays | This is a little traffic flow street in that area of the city, passing close to points as relevant as People’s Square, Xintiandi and finish in a major east-west arteries of the city, the street Xujiahui. It has some importance for the function of “stitching” that makes between major roads. But almost none of the sections has a high traffic flow, and is widely used by medium speed transport, motorbikes & bicycles. The width of the street never usually spend two lanes, and the northern part has two directions, but in the southern part from Xintiandi, happens to have one and only one lane.
Urban Relevance | The importance of this route in this area of the city is medium, it structures local slow-medium speed traffic (few cars but many motorcycles and bicycles). Its function as a link between different highlights of the city gives it more character than urban importance. Its sidewalks are narrow but rather have the particularity to be very leafy and usually quite busy for pedestrians. It is in fact a short street, constant but low traffic, medium urban relevance but intensive local use.