Three Years in the Life of Soi 94

The construction next door got me thinking about the other changes on Soi 94 over the 3 years 1 month I’ve lived here. So I went out to count and photograph the new buildings on the first kilometer of Petchkasem Soi 94. Some buildings appear in more than 1 photo so I can show continuity of the street.

Note: These photos are cropped wider and shorter than I usually post. It’s the first time I noticed Flicker was not displaying all of the photo in reduced size. Damn. Thus, some of the photos have buildings and labels that are off the edge of the display photo. Click on photo to see the full width.

3 Years on Soi 94

#1 Boutique hotel plus small shopping center. What looks like 3 buildings are all part of the same property.

3 Years on Soi 94

Photographed from the entry to #1’s parking lot.

#2 Unknown, probably apartments.
#3 Restaurants

Number 3 existed as an open air food vendor space. It was a roof held up by poles. They kept the poles, replaced the roof and added walls so it counts as a new building.

3 Years on Soi 94

Fifty yards past the far end of #3

#4 7/11
#5 Restaurant (Off the right edge, click photo to see uncropped version)
#6 Unknown, probably apartments

When I moved to Soi 94 #5 was a different restaurant. They lost their lease, and tore down the building. They moved to #18 (below). #5 is now a new restaurant in a new building. Here is where it gets weird. Three years ago the land that is now #7 (below) was empty. The people that now own #5 put up a building and later tore it down on the space that is now #7. As if you care.

3 Years on Soi 94

#6 Unknown, probably apartments
#7 Shophouses
#8 Residence, probably
#10 Shophouses (Off the right edge, click photo to see uncropped version)

Number 9 is set back too far to be visible from this angle.

3 Years on Soi 94

Taken from the far end of #8

#9 Residence
#10 Shophouses (It’s the building below the number label, not the one to the left)

3 Years on Soi 94

#10 Shophouses
#11 Unknown, too early in construction. One can see a concrete post starting just about the left ‘1’ in the ’11’ label and 3 posts to the left of the motorbike rider’s head.

3 Years on Soi 94

Two hundred yards farther on

#12 Shophouses
#14 and #15 – see next photo (#15 off the right edge, click photo to see uncropped version)

3 Years on Soi 94

#13 Residences. These 2 are on the front of a deep lot. Three other residences were there before I came. They’re all the same color and style. They’re all owned by Finns.
#14 Hotel / apartments combo.
#15 Shophouses
#16 Shophouses

3 Years on Soi 94

A different look at #14 to #16 to explain the road. Soi 94 makes a 90 degree right turn at the power pole to the left of #16, then makes an immediate 90 degree left turn so that it passes to the right (front) of #15. Some call it the chicane. Others get confused because they don’t realize that’s still Soi 94.

3 Years on Soi 94

#15 Shophouses
#16 Restaurant

See that Brown and tan bulding behind #16? Behind it is a lot where a new building is under construction, behind that is my apartment building.

3 Years on Soi 94

One hundred yards past the far end of #16

#17 Shophouses
#18 Restaurant, the one that used to occupy space #5.

The dog in the lower right corner is Lucky. She came up to me after I stopped here which is right on the border between the pack she belongs to and the next one. The 3* brown dogs in the photo belong to the next pack. They’re not happy about Lucky invading their turf, but keep their distance because I’m present. All are growling.

*Third dog off the right edge, click photo to see uncropped version

Over half of the shophouses are empty. Doesn’t stop them from building more.

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