Hanoi gets dizzy from unplanned planning

By Ba Do, Giang Huy   January 9, 2017 | 03:48 pm GMT+7

High-rise buildings have sprung up at a staggering rate across Vietnam’s capital.

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Chairman of Hanoi’s People's Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung, recently admitted that Hanoi is facing numerous issues with the city "paying price for its unplanned planning". High-rise and low-rise buildings huddle together around Hanoi’s West Lake.

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A skyscraper towers over Lieu Giai Street in Dong Da District, in contrast to mid-rise and low rise buildings all around.

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Ba Dinh District is filled by small blocks and small streets, dotted with some tall buildings.

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Hanoi's only urban district on the east side of the Red River, Long Bien, is facing the same problem.

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Towers flourish in Thanh Xuan District to accommodate the rising population. 

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Around 40 high-rise buildings have appeared along To Huu Street, making it a new congestion hotspot.

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A look at Linh Dam, one of Hanoi’s quiet urban areas 10 years ago. Traffic infrastructure hasn’t been improved, causing congestion during rush hours.

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Le Vinh, director of Hanoi's Department of Planning and Architecture, said the construction of high-rise buildings is part of the city's urban development plan, which is good at this time but can be adjusted for economic development.

Photos by VnExpress/Ba Do and Giang Huy

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