pedestrian flyover designed like this would look good and blend in with the
I am writing in regard to the lack of crosswalks and the inability of
drivers to stop at the few that do exist. The point in front of Tha Pae Gate
is a perfect example. This highly trafficked area should have a light to
stop traffic so that people can cross over to the gate from the outside
road. There is a crosswalk inside the moat, why not one at the outside?
Nimmanhaemin is another road that could use some crosswalks. Mostly it’s a
dash across the road and hope that traffic doesn’t come barreling down the
wrong side of the road while you stand in the middle waiting to cross the
rest of the way. Occasionally a nice person will stop and wave you across
but even that is dangerous as you then risk the next lane where the driver
usually sees this as an opportunity to speed up and pass the driver who has
Crossing the Rincome intersection is also a nightmare as is the Canal Road
and Huay Kaew intersection. It would be good if the city or the Department
of Transportation or the Provincial government, or whoever is in charge of
these things considered putting in a pedestrian overpass at these two
intersections. While some may think that one at Tha Pae Gate would be
unsightly it is possible to have nice looking pedestrian overpasses that
don’t ruin the ambience of the old wall. Although, to be honest, the
McDonalds does that well enough on its own. But that is a separate issue and
one I won’t go into here.
Regardless, I think it would be possible to build a pedestrian overpass that
incorporated Lanna architecture or perhaps mimicked that of the Gate. It
would blend in far better than the unsightly buildings that surround the
moat, ease traffic and make our tourists feel that this city is more
pedestrian friendly. See my photo below for an indication of what can be
done. This “gate” over Huay Kaew with the photos of HM the King could be
reproduced on a smaller scale as a pedestrian overpass.
Finally, I must come to the number one sticking point, even when there are
crosswalks with lights many drivers do not feel they need to stop for
pedestrians. I am wondering how difficult expensive it would be to put
traffic cameras on these lights and fine every driver who runs the red
light. It is only until people realize that there will be a punishment for
such behavior that they will follow the laws.
A frustrated pedestrian
Too many shopping malls?
It seems that the charm of Chiang Mai is being turned into the bland shopping
mecca that is Bangkok with the construction of quite a few very large malls and
shopping centers that are going up around the city. I, for one, am quite
disappointed that one is going up at the Rin Kham intersection, the traffic
there is already congested, and it has to be one of the worst intersections in
the city! And now they are going to add to the traffic? There are rumors that
they want to widen Nimmanhaemin so that it goes through to the Airport, the
rumor mill stating that it’s just awaiting permission from Wing 41. Well, please
may I beg that Wing 41 deny this? Nimmanhaemin should not be turned into a giant
highway. What kind of thinking wants to turn what is now a boutique shopping
district into a highway?
And pardon me while I rant on about the number of malls going up on the
Superhighway and the Ring Roads. How many do we really need? I have heard of at
least 4 new malls going up, this seems to me like 3 too many. And what will
happen to our funky old stalwart Kad Suan Kaew when Central opens their new mall
out of town? Not that I mind these malls being out on the ring roads since it
means less traffic congestion in the city but it hearkens to the problems small
towns in the United States have faced with the giant mega shopping centers
pulling people of out the center of the city, turning them into ghost towns and
seeing small shops and locally owned businesses go out of business as the big
box stores take all the business.
Please, as the sign says, “Small is beautiful”. I hope Chiang Mai can remember
Concerned about growth
I drive a motorscooter, one of the small ones. This bike is very good for
driving in the city as I can get through the heavy traffic and traffic jams
easily. Easily except for the growing number of potholes that are all over the
city roads. Some are very large and these can be avoided. In fact the city
patched the giant one on the corner of Nimmanhaemin and Huay Kaew Road recently
and to that, I say thank you! The one that has been created by the Water
department as reported in the last issue of the newspaper on the outside of the
moat has been mostly fixed. I say mostly since there is still not only a deep
dip there but it runs all the way across to the inside of the moat making it
difficult for motorscooters. Even cars must be careful in this spot as some
spots are very bad.
But it is not these big potholes that concern me the most. It is the small ones
that are just big enough for my tyre to fall into and break the inner tube.
These little traps of tyre death are everywhere and often I cannot see them
until it is too late. I realize that the city has bigger concerns with potholes
around the city but it would be wonderful if the small ones could also be filled
in. I have gone through 3 inner tubes in the past 3 months due to these hidden
So, a request to the powers that be, can you fill in the little holes too
please? I am not asking that you go around filling in the little holes but
perhaps when they are fixing the bigger ones they could use some extra asphalt
and fill in these small but deep holes too.
What a pity that an otherwise fair and sympathetic review of Le Crystal should
consider foie gras in terms only of its ‘exquisite’ and cholesterol boosting
(not proved actually) qualities, without acknowledging that it is the product of
force feeding and sustained cruelty to the animal. It is banned completely in
California, off the menu in most restaurants in the UK and campaignd against by
Compassion in World Farming. How long before Chiang Mai catches up with
Heather Allen responds
Whilst I understand your outrage over foie gras, I must confess that I also eat
eggs. Usually these are produced in far from cruelty free conditions, with the
chickens de-beaked so that they don’t peck each other in the close tight
quarters that they are forced to live in. I also eat pork, and the conditions
pigs are raised in are generally quite bad, transportation in the hot sun with
no water and no shelter is also quite cruel. I understand there is cruelty free
foie gras available and we don’t know that Le Crystal doesn’t purchase that. But
we do know that the eggs and pork we eat here in Thailand every day are treated
cruelly for their entire lives. Sadly I don’t know of many cruelty free sources
in this country. It seems to me that the outrage over foie gras as presented by
the world press overlooks the outrage that should also be felt over the cruel
treatment of all the other animals that we also choose to eat.
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