Samak’s development plans being reversed

Samak's development plans being reversed - November 15, 2004
The new Bangkok administration is quickly reversing many controversial city development decisions made by former Governor Samak:

Bangkok's art museum - project revived - Past articles

Removal of the Ta Tien community - 'likely to be scrapped' - Past articles

Underground car park at Sanam Luang - canceled - Past articles

Turning Ratchadamnoen Avenue into the "Champs-Elysees of Thailand" - to be reviewed - Past articles

Removal of the Department of Internal Trade building and creation of a park - to be reviewed

Sensing this change of sentiment, Mahakan Fort residents are also repetitioning the city to halt their eviction (Past articles). There is no word yet about the Soi Leunrit community or the Pak Klong Market.

BMA set to save Ta Tien from Samak mall threat - The Nation, November 14, 2004
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is likely to scrap a plan by former governor Samak Sundaravej to demolish old buildings in the TA Tien area and replace them with a shopping mall, a city executive said yesterday...
A source in the City Planning Department said the TA Tien land belonged to the Crown Property Bureau, which recently helped the BMA set up a committee to reconsider every project initiated during the controversial tenure of the former Bangkok governor...


New plea for Mahakan - City hall asked not to evict residents
- Bangkok Post, November 14, 2004
Housing activists will ask the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to spare Mahakan Fort residents in Phra Nakhon district, allowing them to stay on under a land-sharing scheme.
Pratin Wekhakayanon, chairwoman of the Four Regions Slum Network, said the Mahakan Fort case was one of four pilot projects to be considered by a joint committee on housing problems set up recently by Governor Apirak Kosayodhin...
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