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Escalator sounds death knell for small HK shops

With the easier access at Sai Ying Pun, gentrification will edge out the businesses

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Moving along: Within the past few months, High Street, which intersects Centre Street, has acquired an elegant French restaurant right by the new escalator.

[HONG KONG] The streets around Centre Street, in the Hong Kong neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun, are a microcosm of the vibrant, small-business life that makes this city as colourful as it is. There are shops selling large, wobbling blocks of fresh tofu, bean sprouts and papayas. There are tiny