Restoring order to city a daunting task - Bangkok Post, November 15, 2003
Nils points out this editorial about the challenges of a new Bangkok
governor: ...traffic-clogged, maze-like streets with a profusion
of shopping malls without adequate parking and the continuing destruction
and abuse of the environment. Instead of urban landscaping and public
parks, we have endless rows of ugly shophouses and towering concrete
monstrosities trapping hot and polluted air and dwarfing backlots
on which slums are sprouting.
The laws governing city planning are complex, contradictory and administered
by agencies that do not always liaise with each other. This is evident
in the frenzy of building construction going on, with huge condominiums
being built in narrow sois without any provision for an infrastructure
to cater for them...
It seems that when building contractors decide to do things their
way without getting all the official permits, the bureaucracy appears
to work to their advantage and no one seems to have the authority
to order them to call an immediate halt...