Last night, about 200 residents of the long-term rental apartment complex known as ‘The Shift’ gathered in Gangmyeong Elementary School auditorium in Gangil-dong, Gangdong-gu. They came to attend a town hall meeting titled “How to Manage and Operate the Shift, a Social Housing Program” which began at 7 pm. Even the hallways were filled with people with a close interest in the issue. There appeared to be as many complaints and requests as there were people.
Neither the owners of nor the tenants living in the complex seem to have made any efforts to consider and mitigate their conflicts and confrontations, bearing ill-concealed enmity toward each other. Some even mentioned that they only met the other party from the complex for the first time yesterday. As such, they were hardly likely to form a single united community. In this regard, the original goal of creating a social balance in town planning is far from being achieved.
Furthermore, it seems that few efforts have been made to hear out the resident’s complaints and to resolve them. SH Corporation, which built the rental housing complex, did not work hard enough to settle the issues. Attendees at last night’s meeting included the head of the Housing Policy Office, the director of the Health & Welfare Office, the Community Revitalization Division Coordinator, and myself. Through the cooperative efforts of community members who strive to transcend narrow self-interest, we will now do our best to work harder with residents, specialists and grassroots groups in order to create an environment in which all the residents will feel happy. We will continue to visit rental apartment complexes throughout the week, listening to the opinions of residents and trying to come up with alternative solutions to their problems.[Note-taker, Mayor Park Won Soon]
Workshop on How to Manage and Maintain the Shift, a Social Housing Program