Re: [carfree_cities] Vietnam prepares for boom times
- The article is misleading; the reason people can't
afford cars is that the tax is so high. If WTO forces
the govt to lower the tax, it would be a disaster.
This to me is the ugliest part of the WTO, not
allowing govts to have perfectly reasonable
regulations to prevent growth in car ownership!!
My sources tell me that the govt is trying to
counter the situation by passing regulations that you
have to have sufficient parking space before you can
buy one...but yes it looks grim. On my last trip to
Hanoi I saw a gated community, really depressing in a
city which suffers from a lot less income inequality
than most. Apparently current car owners are already
pushing for more parking spaces, and the govt is
having a hard time resisting.
We're trying to promote cycling in Hanoi, but it's
hard in a city where everyone used to cycle and
considers it hard work and outdated.
If anyone has a brighter side to this situation,
I'd love to hear it. :-)
--- Todd Edelman <edelman@...> wrote:
> Vietnam prepares for boom times__________________________________________________
> Vietnam is expected to become a member of the World
> Trade Organisation
> next week. The deal will help a country once
> regarded as a backwater to
> catch up with its economically successful
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