When the downtown was still packed with residents back in mid 20th century, most windows at upper floors were always seen with hanging clothes. Living space was so limited & building design was not meant for comfortability. Furthermore, the growing population added pressure to the capacity of downtown shophouses and the building was fully utilized for all kind of living purpose. Therefore, window become the best place to dry clothes. Nowadays most shophouses in town are used for business & commercial. Even there are residents, the population density is far lower & space become sufficient. The scenery like this one at Lau Ek Ching Street is rarely seen.