Middle class should get some blame for lack of greenery in Bangkok

Middle class should get some blame for lack of greenery in Bangkok - The Nation, July 6, 2005
...The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) recently released a report stating that Bangkokians have an average of 2.24 square metres of green space per person. This is an alarming figure, since the NESDB points out that the international standard is four times higher, or 10 square metres of green area per person. For the 10 million or so Bangkokians, there is only a total of 800 rai of public green areas, and life is generally grey.
...Let's start with the very Thai concept of progress and backwardness. To many Thais, especially Bangkokians, structures, roads and pavements - all made out of concrete - represent progress and modernity, as well as a certain state of civilisation. On the other hand, the Thai term for "barbarian", khon pa, literally means "forest people". This suggests that forests and deep greenery were something that Thais, traditionally, have never felt comfortable with...
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