北京的一大特色就是有无数的“胡同”(Hutong)。平民百姓在那儿生活,给古都北京带来了无穷魅力。北京的胡同不仅仅是平民百姓的生活环境:而且还是一门建筑艺术。它反映了社会的变迁兴衰。通常,一个大杂院(courtyard complex),也叫四合院(quadrangle courtyard),平均要住4到10户人家,共约20口人。所以,住在胡同里会感到友善和人情味儿。如今,随着社会和经济的飞速发展,不少旧的胡同被新的高楼大厦所取代。但愿,具有原始风格的胡同可以保留下来。

参考答案:    One of the unique features of Beijing is its numerous Hutongs.  The life of ordinary people there contributes greatly to the charm of this ancient capital Beijing. Beijing's Hutongs are not only the living environment of ordinary natives but also a kind of architecture. It reflects the transition, rise and decline of society. There are often 4 to 10 families with an average of 20 people sharing the rooms of one courtyard complex named quadrangle courtyard. So life at Hutong is that of a friendly and interpersonal communication. 
    However, with the rapid development of society and economy, many old Hutongs are displaced by new high buildings and large mansions. Hopefully, the original styled Beijing Hutong can be preserved. 
解题思路: 1.首句中“特色”可以理解为“独特的特征”,译为unique features。 
2.第二句中,可以把“平民百姓在那儿生活”转换成名词短语作主语的形式,译为The life of ordinary people there;根据句意,谓语部分“给……带来了……”可以理解为“有助于”,使用固定短语contribute to来表达。 
3.第三句中,“不仅仅……而且……”表明这是一个具有递进关系的句子,选用not only…but also…句型较好。 
4.第六句中,“人情味儿”指的是“人和人之间的交流”,因此可以译为interpersonal communication。