Tianjin/Metabolic City Images of Haihe River in Time Sequence
The renovation of urban planning around Haihe River runs through my memory since the fact that I grow up by the side of Haihe River. The city images of Haihe River in my memory are most about the upper stream of Haihe River that acts as the spine of the original city center of Tianjin.
My initial memory about Haihe River was a green stamp stick on the grey fabric of old Tianjin. The reason I call it a green stamp is because of the semi-artificial green belts along the bank of Haihe River. These green belts were planted in a principle with parks hidden inside but then grew on themselves. The river was approachable at most places and suitable for fishing. In these initial memories, the water flowed in Haihe River was not just visible, but tangible as well. Abandoned bollards merging into grass, trains full of briquette and smoke coming from the chimney of thermal power plant are included in these initial images. Haihe River and her waterfronts were nice places for habitants to extend their lives.
The turning point of my city images about Haihe River is around the year of 2002. I felt that I was suddenly pushed away from Haihe River psychologically. The outdoor parking space and tennis court of the neighborhood I lived in were chopped to give more space for the stem road constructed adjacent to and ran along Haihe River. Those semi-artificial green belts faded away and replaced by waist-high embankment and scattered bridges. Haihe River became untouchable to me and even invisible sometime. Top view images about Haihe River were accumulated when acrossing bridges. There were still a few fisherman living and rowing on Haihe River. Haihe River was a stark tape rather than a green stamp bonding the two sides of it at this time.
During the four years I left Tianjin and go to university, Haihe River and her waterfronts have been transformed into a luxury ribbon tied Tianjin up as a genuine metropolitan. There is not much difference between the speed of vehicles running on stem roads and on the bridges. The traffic is not blocked by the river as numerous bridges constructed rapidly. Approachable platform and artificial virescence are inserted universally along Haihe River. Private boats are replaced by several tourist ships. The old thermal power plant is required to give place to commerce. Haihe River and her waterfronts are nices places for purchasing properties and investment.
Till then, most of he initial city images of Haihe River have been substituted by the new images of the metropolitan of river.