The Hanoitimes - Trinh Cong Son walking street, scheduled to open in mid May, is Hanoi’s second public space not for vehicles, following the first near Hoan Kiem Lake. Tough begining The idea about a project to turn Trinh Cong Son street into a pedestrian one was initiated by the People's Committee of Tay Ho district in 2015 and started to be implemented in 2016. It had once been expected that the street named after the talented music composer would soon become a walking space at weekends, at the end of August 2017 when vendor kiosks were set up and the surrounding landscape was also adjusted. A parking lot for motor vehicles was anticipated; the two public squares alongside the lake were expected to be utilized for community cultural activities. The 2017 Capital Liberation Day had been set to mark the inauguration of this walking street. However, the fixed kiosks, modeled after the ancient house of Hanoi and Hoi An, became the cause of the delay of the expected implementation of … [Read more...] about The second walking street in Hanoi: Worth the long wait?
The Hanoitimes - Hanoi’s Old Quarter is in desperate need of being upgraded and modernised. A pilot project to renovate a short section of Ta Hien street is the first tentative step towards tackling this thorny issue. One of the oldest parts of Hanoi is the Old Quarter or Pho Co as it’s known in Vietnamese. Although the area’s street plan is 500-year old, many of the houses in the area were constructed in more recent times,from the beginning of the 20th century. The area is a popular tourism destination even though there are only a handful of cultural sites. The Old Quarter is a cultural attraction. It is a thrilling place to just walk around with no particular destination. But it is also one of the most congested areas in the world (with over 800 people per ha) and although from the street, everything might look okay, much of it is rundown. In fact, some families live in squalor. As a result there are plans to clean up the Old Quarter. one of the most … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s Ta Hien street being spruce up – Heritage – My HaNoi
The Music Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, an idea put forward by the administration of District 1, is likely to open late April if the project’s final plan receives no objection from relevant stakeholders. The Music Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, an idea put forward by the administration of District 1, is likely to open late April if the project’s final plan receives no objection from relevant stakeholders. The street, meant to provide local artists with an area to showcase their skills, is scheduled to open on April 28, Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, deputy chairwoman of District 1, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday. However, Huong noted, the date of an inaugural music show depends on feedback from local departments and the city’s administration. According to the District 1 proposal, the entirety of Alexandre De Rhodes Street, linking Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Pham Ngoc Thach Streets, will be transformed into the music street on weekends and public … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City Music Street scheduled for April 28 opening
Ho Chi Minh city People's Committee has issued a plan to launch a walking movement in the city in the 2017-2020 period to reduce traffic congestion and traffic accidents. According to the draft plan, initially the movement will focus on mobilizing Party members, officials, civil servants and students to walk daily from 300m to 1km during their daily life and work, to contribute to reducing the large numbers of motorcycles and automobiles involved in traffic. From now to 2020, the program will be divided into three phases and in April, the city will organize the first phase to mobilize people to walk in central districts such as District 1 and District 3. In later phases, the scope of implementation will extend to surrounding districts and across the city. Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, Deputy Head of the the city Traffic Safety Committee, said the launch of a walking movement will give people the habit of walking, and using public transport to go to work to help reduce traffic jams. … [Read more...] about HCMC encourages walking to reduce traffic congestion
The HCMC Department of Transport yesterday said that it had assigned the Urban Traffic Management Zone no.1 to be investor of a 22 hectare walking street zone in downtown HCMC. The project has been set up by Viet Duc Transport Study Center under Viet Duc University. The Transport Department will consider the outline of the project before submitting it to the HCMC People’s Committee by the end of April. According to Southern Transport Design Consultancy Company, building HCMC traffic development plan by 2020, the walking street zone will be developed within the limit of 7.35 kilometers over the total area of 221 hectares. The zone will comprise some stretches of streets including Le Duan, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Pasteur, Hai Ba Trung, Mac Dinh Chi, Nguyen Binh Khiem, Dong Khoi, Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Du, Ly Tu Trong, Le Loi and some other small roads in District 1. The walking zone will locate in an area with many office buildings and cultural works such as the HCMC People’s … [Read more...] about HCM City to develop 22 hectare downtown walking street zone