February 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Travel: Gentrification looms in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Tourists, hawkers and motorcyclists rub shoulders every morning in the congested alleyways of Hanoi’s low-rise Old Quarter, which seems generations away from the office towers and electronics megastores springing up in other parts of the capital. The quarter’s street grid, laid out in the 15th century, is still dominated by dilapidated shops with goods ranging from brass gongs to bamboo scaffolding.

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