There is nothing special about this snapshot. It is merely a picture taken
Of an back court yard, with a semblance of a spiral staircase.
Such architecture was more predominant in the seventies and eighties,
When walk-ups evolved from shophouses. So in that sense,
Walk-ups were a taller manifestation of a row of shophouses,
Complete with the air wells in the middle, which separated the
Bedrooms in the front, and the kitchen and bathrooms at the back,
With a narrow corridor. Good for air circulation, probably.
And then there was the trademark spiral staircase, which offered
An alternative exit in the event of a fire outbreak.
Pipes were unabashedly unconcealed and run wild around
The exterior walls. And likely to be in a state of rust.
How long will this remain, as old walls are deliberately
Crumbled to make way for two thousand per square feet
Leasehold properties? I wonder.