Battle for the sidewalks: Here comes Hanoi

By Ba Do   February 28, 2017 | 11:23 am GMT+7

Following bold actions in Ho Chi Minh City, the capital sent out dozens of police officers to clear up downtown sidewalks on Monday.

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The Hanoi’s sidewalk project starts with Hoan Kiem District. Vietnam’s two biggest cities are determined to redeem the original purpose of their sidewalks, which is to serve pedestrians, after a long time being taken over by shops and vehicles.

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Many people, who are used to parking on the sidewalk and even on the roadway, are surprised by the intervention.

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A scooter is taken away to a police station for illegal parking.

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A shop owner signs a punishment order, commiting to keeping the sidewalk free from her customers' vehicles.

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A woman packs up her sidewalk tea shop.

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A policeman asks a shop to remove its protruding signboard.

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Outdoor sidewalk shops like this one are likely to be the next target.

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Tourists in downtown Hanoi usually have to walk on the roadway, as parking takes up the sidewalks.

Photos by VnExpress/Ba Do

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