Student or Learner
Some residents of the Gaothans have taken the fight to the court but if these new buildings are anything to go by, they might just be losing the battle.
Please explain the highlighed parts. (Particularly I don't know the meaning of `go by' but you explain the highlighted parts along with go-by)
Well, maybe the buildings in the original text were new office buildings which the city approves of. In that case, the city will not support an attempt to stop more buildings being constructed.
Sorry - without fuller context, that is really the best I can do.