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Shanghai's relentless evolution

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A resident holds a spittoon as he walks in an area where old residential buildings are being demolished to make room for new skyscrapers in central Shanghai on October 17, 2012.

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A man rests on a motorcycle in front of an advertisement in central Shanghai on October 18, 2012. China likely hit the bottom of a seven-quarter long economic downturn between July and September, but the slowest three months of growth since the depths of the financial crisis and a cloudy housing market outlook make recovery prospects tepid.

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A worker holds a bucket as he builds walls at a construction site in central Shanghai on October 17, 2012.

Figures released on Thursday showed China's economy growing at its slowest pace in three and a half years (still an impressive 7.4 percent), but the constant reinvention of its cities continues apace. 

Angus Walker, China correspondent for NBC News' U.K. partner ITV News, reported last week on a Chinese family who say they were violently attacked as they tried to protect their home in an area that had been earmarked for development.

According to Walker, Amnesty International has reported a rise in forced evictions:

Land, especially in the central parts of China's richest cities, is in high demand. Local governments across the country can make a lot of money if they force poorer people out of their homes and sell the land to property speculators.

Read more at ITV News and see more images and stories related to housing in China on PhotoBlog.

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