Infrastructure for housing after Doi Moi occur
As mentioned in the post ”A closer look to new boomed housing in Hanoi ” there is a huge demand on transportation in the mid town of Hanoi. In order to satisfy the flow of people from boundary of Hanoi to the center , expansion on transportation system is necessary. In the midst of development, the many historical neighborhood in the mid town is at risk of disappear. This post make a brief observation on the conflicts between development and heritage conservation.
The current road space area in Hanoi is small. In many neighborhoods, road space represents no more than about 20% of total built-up area; given the average built up density of Hanoi, this translate into a road area of 11m2 per person. Cars use an incompressible amount of road space for both on road parking and circulation. The percentage of land devoted to road space in the existing built- up area is practically fixed, and it is difficult to increase it on a large scale to accommodate even a moderate increase in car traffic without major demolition and relocation, both costly.
map of Hanoi built up density, the urban development is clearly centralized that the newly formed satellite city were not relocating the city center
In the mid town of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem lake and the surrounding area have become a major tourist attraction. People from all over the world come to visit and are captivated by the hive of activity along the narrow streets of Ma May, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hang Bac and Ta Hien in the Labyrinthine Old Quarter where fruit sellers, street vendors, tour operators, restaurants, Bia Hoi’s and markets are all familiar sights. Like other streets, they play a small role in making the Old Quarter an excellent display of traditional Vietnamese living city. To ease traffic congestion in Hanoi would start demolishing some of these historic homes and businesses in order to widen the roads.
In fact, a lot of flyover roads have appeared among the city, which were criticized not only stressing the density of the living place but also destroying the scenery of the ancient neighborhood.
Traffic in Hoan Kiem lake area
Flyover roads built in Hanoi