Actually, there are many of them. But Caochangdi seems to have a unique story to tell. Or perhaps the patterns of politics and land use repeat themselves. The international gallery money menioned in this article could just have easily been the Hong Kong retail/restauranteur money that built Shanghai’s Xintiandi.
Thanks to An Xiao Mina for a compelling, well-documented story that takes place over a time span that includes a long weekend art-trip to Beijing.