#1
Somebody brought this to my attention at work today:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City



Basically, it was a mini city inside Hong Kong that was largely without government control. It was the inspiration for the shantytown in Batman Begins. Super shady shit, drugs and prostitution, unregulated medical operations... Yet most residents got by fine and even maintained and built the city out of self sustenance. I find this super fascinating:

“What fascinates about the Walled City is that, for all its horrible shortcomings, its builders and residents succeeded in creating what modern architects, with all their resources of money and expertise, have failed to: the city as ‘organic megastructure’, not set rigidly for a lifetime but continually responsive to the changing requirements of its user, fulfilling every need from water supply to religion, yet providing also the warmth and intimacy of a single huge household.” – Leung Ping Kwan, City of Darkness

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#4
I read about this before, it's amazing but I don't know if I'd dare explore it.
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That could work if you had detachable kidneys
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#8
I've read about this before. Also very fascinating is the Paris commune, although not as recent.
#9
Pretty cool. Looks like one of those buildings off Dredd.

I bet it was shit to live in though. The inhabitants might remember it fondly, but that'll be fond memories which happened there. Day-to-day, it would be right naff.
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Obligatory "Can you imagine finding your house in there while drunk?" post:

Can you imagine finding your house in there while drunk?
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#11
Yeah, I've heard about this before.

Do they all work in the city or in other cities or what? Is it an entire city with hospitals and stuff?
#12
This is the first I've heard of this. It's awesome. Shame it's not still around/there aren't more places like this.
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#13
What's fascinating is why people always have to emphasize that they've "read about it before". It's in every thread. Then either the sentence "it's amazing" or "it's shit" follows. It's totally irrelevant to the context, but people still emphasize it. What's the point?
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What's fascinating is why people always have to emphasize that they've "read about it before". It's in every thread. Then either the sentence "it's amazing" or "it's shit" follows. It's totally irrelevant to the context, but people still emphasize it. What's the point?

Almost as irrelevant as this post was

Wasn't there a map in one of the call of dutys based off of this?
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#16
this is like my high school wet dream.

back when i listened to a lot of Choking Victim and Leftover Crack and thought squatting was cool as hell.
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#17
Obviously never had a chance to go there as I wasn't even born. The modern day treasure is Chungking Mansions, Xiaoxi. You should have made a thread about that.
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Yeah, I've heard about this before.

Do they all work in the city or in other cities or what? Is it an entire city with hospitals and stuff?


They don't. It was torn down twenty years ago.
#19
That was the best map in Black Ops

Also a cool band
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#21
I thought this was a Pokemon city.

That's real cool.
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#22
i would visit it for sure. i'd probably even enjoy the place, too, but i'd be tripping out the whole time.
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#24
I heard of it because of the band.
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Oh so that's where that map is haha.

Pretty badass. As interesting as it is sociologically, I would not ever want to live there.
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Do they all work in the city or in other cities or what? Is it an entire city with hospitals and stuff?

Yea it's pretty much self sustaining. There are mini factories and all that. Even a nursery and drug rehab center. I wouldn't say there's a hospital but there were "doctors".

I can't believe there's a band called this lol. They sound cool.

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#29
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Obviously never had a chance to go there as I wasn't even born. The modern day treasure is Chungking Mansions, Xiaoxi. You should have made a thread about that.

I probably cruised right by it and not even knew it when I was in Hong Kong / Kowloon last November. I'm a noob.

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I'd love to see a film set here. Maybe from Del Toro or Danny Boyle
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I'd love to see a film set here. Maybe from Del Toro or Danny Boyle

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Lol I'm not a huge fan but it'd look awesome which would probably be half the point if a movie were made
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