This summer’s Great Brickening has hit home – or, more precisely, homes. The tragic fire in Daxing last weekend seems to have accelerated the Beijing municipal government's plans to demolish structures deemed unsafe, a move widely seen as an attempt to force large numbers of migrant workers and other undesirables from the city center.
The forced eviction of some of Beijing’s most vulnerable residents has sparked a backlash with even Chinese state media offering (albeit tepid) criticism of the city’s handling of this latest round of “urban renewal.”
But it’s not just Beijing’s poor and migrant communities which are being affected. Many international residents are feeling the pinch as well.