Sidewalk – clearing campaign & impacts on business on Hoang Hoa Tham street

April 24, 2017 10:30 a.m

After one – month launched pavement – cleanup campaign, with joint forces  including local officers and citizens, Hoang Hoa Tham street has become more brighter; however, business in this street has got numerous difficulties due to the campaign.

Yesterday, an in-person interview was conducted in Hoang Hoa Tham street which is well-known for traditional sale of bonsais and flowers to gain the personal views on the impact of this sidewalk – clearing campaign.        

Generally, it is a widely articulated view that many public spaces in the pavement have been returned to pedestrians. Thanks to organizational arrangement of bonsais and flowers, this street has become brighter and cleaner.

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a bonsai shop follows the sidewalk-clearing campaign

Besides positive viewpoints, the divergent views are shared sincerely. Although most bonsai shopkeeper have obeyed the passed law about pavement clearing, several shopkeepers, especially small-scale ones, still have illegal occupancy on the sidewalk.

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sidewalk is occupied

When interviewed about the reason why they have not obeyed the law, Nguyen T. N – an vendor in a long run in Hoang Hoa Tham said: “ This campaign reduces my earning. Although I know I have broken the law, selling my bonsai is my bread. That’s all I can do to earn a living.”

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a vendor is putting her tree-pots on the sidewalk

Additionally, several flower shop-keepers shared the profit had decreased significantly since the sidewalk-clearing campaign. Nguyen T. T, a bonsai shop-keeper in Hoang Hoa Tham street said: “Since this campaign has been carried out, the shop’s income has declined approximately 10% per day”. Others shared the same problem and besides Dang T.N, another shop-keeper added: “Customers sometimes complain they had troubles in parking their moto-bikes since the space for parking is too small”.

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a moto-bike is parked on the road due to no space for parking on the pavement

To bonsai customers, this pavement – cleanup campaign has caused short-term inconvenience. To make a purchase, they have to park their motorbikes in roadway, which has impact on the traffic in Hoang Hoa Tham.

“ Because the parking pavement in Hoang Hoa Tham is so small that I cannot park my motorbike in front of the white line, especially when my favorite store is full of customers”, a customer stated. Tran M. H – a long-standing customer in a Hoang Hoa Tham ‘s store said: “ I obey the law”, “ Everyday, I park my motorbike in the pavement. However, today, the pavement is full of people and there is no room left in the pavement, so I parked my motorbike on the road.”

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a man stops on the road to buy bonsai pot

Asked about this solution, one customer expressed a wish to have a wide parking station somewhere in Hoang Hoa Tham street and they could walk to buy their flowers and bonsai.

a woman share her opinion about sidewalk – clearing campaign in Hoang Hoa Tham street

With the aforementioned problems, a practical solution is expected to bring convenience to both sellers and buyers in Hoang Hoa Tham street.

Images and video: Nhung and Suong

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