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Mixed feelings over Beijing's move to clean up hutongs

Urban upgrade has positives, but some lament loss of character and bustle

BEIJING • A signboard with the words "community services" is displayed outside Mr Chen Baodong's home in Baochao Hutong, one of Beijing's narrow alleyways.

For more than 20 years, Mr Chen has been the neighbourhood's resident handyman, mending locks, gas stoves and electric cookers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2019, with the headline 'Mixed feelings over Beijing's move to clean up hutongs '. Print Edition | Subscribe