Ever heard of Seoul Metropolitan Government’s policy called the seed of hope? The seed of hope refers to a good policy designed to improve the lives of people through joint efforts made by people, public officials, and Seoul Metropolitan Government. “Night-time parking lot” was selected as a seed of hope most welcomed by Seoulites in the second half of the year. It was followed by child care service provided for working couples at 690 public child care centers until midnight, escorts to get women home safe, and door-to-door deliver service guaranteeing the safety of women at home.
In 2013, Seoul Metropolitan Government selected 99 seeds of hope, including policy measures proposed by people or city officials, and new projects closely associated with people’s everyday lives. Seoul Metropolitan Government disclosed the top ten seeds of hope based on a vote among 6,134 people for a week concerning the top 30 policies handpicked by a team of administrative appraisers.
“Night-time parking lot (789 votes),” which garnered the most votes, involves allowing local residents to use idle spaces in schools and shopping districts as parking lots at a reasonable rate (20,000 – 50,000 won a month). So far, a total of 6,194 parking lots have been secured in this manner.
Women’s safety-related policies were also welcomed by many people. The following ideas won 3rd and 5th places, respectively: letting women have their credit cards read by the credit card terminal in a taxi before the departure of the taxi to avoid sexual harassment by taxi drivers (775 votes); placing a space for putting goods delivered on a door-to-door basis to ensure women’s safety through non-face-to-face encounter between a delivery man and a woman at home (673).
Ms. Kim Eun Yeong, a local resident, proposed that school classrooms that remain unused due to the decrease in the number of children be used as child care spaces (540 votes); the idea was selected as one of the top ten seeds of hope.
One of the Seoul Metropolitan Government officials proposed that a center be operated for the collection of large-sized waste household appliances through phone calls (648 votes). Seoul Metropolitan Government became the first local government to operate such center in June 2012.
Seoul Metropolitan Government selects seeds of hope twice a year. The seeds of hope that have been selected are as follows: ▲ 100 seeds of hope (February 2012) (idea that garnered the most votes: easing the crackdown on parking violations during lunch break in areas where there are many small-sized restaurants; ▲ 99 seeds of hope (May 2012) (idea that ranked 5th place in terms of votes garnered – marking arrows signifying the direction of buses at bus stops; ▲ 99 seeds of hope (March 2013) (idea that garnered the most …