HCM City considers expanding Bui Vien Pedestrian Street

HCM City’s District 1 authorities have proposed to expand the pedestrian zone on Bui Vien Street in order to increase revenue from tourism activities. Bui Vien Pedestrian Street in HCM City They want to start enlarging the pedestrianised section from February 10 and seek private investment for several activities on the streets for five years. According to District 1 authorities, there are 600-800 visitors to Bui Vien Street on the weekend and up to 1,000 on special occasions. However, Bui Vien Street is narrow with uneven pavements. It is easily overcrowded and suffers from congestion during festivals and holidays. The expansion will ease overcrowding and the parking lots nearby can meet demand. Since Bui Vien Street was pedestrianised, criminal offences have decreased compared to 2016. However, there are still concerns over drug trading in the alleyways. The local authorities have pledged to put security guards and traffic police on the streets to ensure public order. District 1 authorities claimed Bui Vien pedestrian street also benefits locals living nearby such as being able to develop tourism services and increasing property values. There are 349 business facilities in 2017, up 13 compared to 2016. Architect Le Ngoc Thinh from University of Architecture Ho Chi Minh City thinks that Bui Vien Street doesn’t have any outstanding feature and tourists can’t find anything that is uniquely HCM City there. He said in Pattaya, tourists can enjoy traditional martial arts and music shows. Architect Vo Huynh Long agreed. He said, “70% of the shops there… [Read full story]

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