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Time to say goodbye to college's famous "Dark Food Street"

A once popular food street, widely-believed to be another canteen for nearby university students, has further lost its popularity after the nearby university closes its gate leading to the road due to renovation.

Located in the city's Putuo District, Zaoyang road was once known as the "dark food street" because it was a dirty byway leading to the back gate of East China Normal University and lined with shabby restaurants and food booths. Students always flocked to the area for cheap food.

However, since July 2008, several restaurants have moved due to a government-initialed renovation plan, and local business has died down. To make matters worse, the university on Monday carried out a decision to shut the back gate in response to the overall renovation.

The university said it closed the gate to facilitate renovation work, and to avoid safety risks because the road will likely to be flooded in the upcoming rainy season, Oriental Morning Post reported today.

The university insisted it is a temporarily closure, and a specially designed cultural street will replace the current one after renovations are complete, it said.

The news has caused a wave of nostalgia, and many graduates from East China Normal University have started to reminisce about their lost youth on

Cheng Lan, a local TV host for a fashion channel, said: "I went from weighing 79 grams to 97 grams in my first year. We always wandered there as if our time and youth would never run out."


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