chi phuong* was the last one to leave the address. that was back in june (2016). with state compensation, she found a place in district 7. yet, every morning, she comes back to president hotel.
"there are too many memories here" she tells us, trying to hold back some tears. "i lived there for 30 years; my kids grew up here..." many of the empty apartments look like dumps, but hers is clean and the few things that are left are kept in order. she locks the door when we leave.
she points at a sofa at the other end of the corridor. it used to be right in front of her door; she would sit there and chat with her neighbours. social life was a very appreciable characteristic of 727 tran hung dao.