A tale of two newspapers: Ratchadamnoen plans

A tale of two newspapers: Ratchadamnoen plans - September 20, 2003
For once, the Bangkok Post trumps The Nation with a critical story. The Nation quotes "city planners" as saying "Community leaders have accepted a plan to transform Rajdamnoen Avenue into a commercial and cultural street" while the Post gets a different story from the leaders themselves.
BTW: We have been asked why we do not have more "Tale of two newspapers" stories comparing English and Thai language papers like we used to. The reason is that the English-language papers are just not covering controversial business news anymore. For instance, the Skytrain in bankruptcy court and political vendettas behind Skytrain extension approvals are just not being mentioned at all in the English-language press.

Rajdamnoen to get Bt9-bn facelift - The Nation, September 20, 2003
Planners also want to reduce traffic flows in the area to expand the footpath and create two rows of trees. The area will be accessible by the new subway system. City planners are hoping to transform Rajdamnoen Avenue into a world-class walking street like the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Ratchadamnoen plan raises concern - Bangkok Post, September 20, 2003
Prasert Lerdthanapong, chairman of Praeng Puthorn community, one of 21 communities affected by the plan, said the 13-billion-baht project caused residents to feel insecure about housing...
"The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) and consultants keep telling us that the project would create job opportunities and local people are welcome to set up their businesses along the avenue once the work is finished.
"But in reality we have to see how many local people could afford the new rents which could go up to 10,000 baht a month compared to the present monthly rate of 400-800 baht,'' Mr Prasert said.
...Terdkiat Sakdicumduang, an adviser for the Thai City Planners Society who conducted the study, said an underground walkway under the Democracy Monument was also planned.
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