Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon listening to what the local residents have to say
I spent two nights and three days (March 18 ~ March 20) in Gangseo-gu and Yangcheon-gu, meeting local residents and discussing pending issues there as part of the Mayor’s on-site office session. Indeed, it was an efficient way to solve issues related to local residents’ everyday problems. While discussing one issue after another, they and I could see that a face-to-face session can solve many problems right on the spot.
While visiting the two autonomous districts, I reached a decision regarding constructing a botanical park the largest of its kind in Asia in Magok, Gangseo-gu, turning Gukhoe-daero between Gangso and Yangcheon into an underground road, and creating an ecological park above it. The botanical park will be another landmark of Seoul complete with lake and marsh as a treasure trove of biodiversity. The park to be formed above the underground road will become an environment-friendly square where people enjoy nature and spend time riding bikes. This will also be a leading visitor attraction.
In compliance with the local residents’ request, Seoul City will improve flood control and drainage facility in Sinwol-dong and conduct a reality survey concerning the plan for the construction of a new town as refurbishment of the existing district in the same area. Concerning local residents’ complaints on the light and noise pollution caused by Mokdong Ball Stadium, Seoul City will launch a governance organization with a view to settling the problem.
I realized that a special measure should be taken concerning the noise pollution associated with Gimpo Airport. Seoul City has turned a blind eye to this serious problem for decades. Seoul City will conduct an overall survey and make a noise map aimed at setting up the necessary countermeasures and recommending them to the central government. As for victims of hearing impairment, they will be treated by the municipal hospital in Seoul.
I have pointed out the need to take care of specific problems faced by local residents and to try to understand their difficult situations by putting ourselves in their shoes. Seoul City will do its best to solve their problems, meet their specific needs, and find ways to improve the situations of the local communities. I for one will keep on making such efforts. I wonder where the next destination of the Seoul Mayor’s on-site office session will be.