City Hall should have been placed on the boardwalk

Friday, 18 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 3

Editor”

Re: Push and shove walks on both sides of the road (PM Mailbag Friday, 11 January 2013) - Sidewalks that are unfit for walking or being usurped by businesses? The problem is that there is no lobbying group for improvement other than citizens and citizens have no one to complain to except the government. And the government ... the measure of a good government and a stable society is the ability to collect taxes and to collect the trash. After that it is a descending hierarchy of needs and obligations. Safe and adequate public walkways are on that list. But look at City Hall. No problems walking around there so the problem is not on the minds of the mayor and others. City Hall should have been placed on the boardwalk.

Dana

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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 23 January 2013 00:40 posted by Dana

    Attn: Sean

    "Learn to live with it or move on."

    This is what the sled pullers said to the whingers who wondered about something called the wheel. The whingers did not listen. The wheel got invented.

    The notion that the status quo is beyond criticism or improvement is not a sign of intelligence or worldliness. It is an abdication of civility. Parents with children know all about this. The future will come and it counts. As a part of that reality what improvements can we make now?

  • Comment Link Monday, 21 January 2013 09:52 posted by Sean Murphy

    Dana, This is not Sunset Blvd, The Mall or George st Sydney, "This is Asia"
    Why do you "Jonny come Latelys" spend your time
    whinging of what might have been and enjoy the way things are.
    Correct me if I am wrong,But if I own a Shophouse
    my property begins at the edge of the road. (in Thailand) This means that if a Vendor wishes to trade in front of my Property I am entitiled to charge them Rent.I can build the approach to my
    Property as I wish. It may not be in tune with the abuting Properties but it's mine.
    In retrospect it would have been better if the Government had a master plan 30 years ago But what's done is done and other then buying back all
    Land within a few metres of the kerb and spending
    Millions laying side walk so you can jostle with
    M/cycle taxies taking short cuts. Learn to live with it or move on.
    Pattaya is a modern day Dodge City it sprang up over night with little thought of the future.
    I suppose you could pray for an Earthquake so we could stert afresh. Love it or Hate it. this is Thailand
    and if you can't stand the Heat then get out of the Kitchen.
    Sean.

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