Sat, Feb 25, 2012 - Page 16 News List

Out of the zone

Store owners in the Shida Night Market area are anxiously waiting to learn their fates from the city government. At issue are zoning laws that both residents and businesses complain have been inconsistently enforced

By Catherine Shu  /  Staff Reporter

But Liu says residents will still be negatively impacted by stores operating in residential neighborhoods.

“You can’t make lanes wider,” says Liu. “Going from 100 percent smoke to 50 percent smoke is not an improvement. Residents are still victimized.”

Longquan neighborhood chief Parng says the government must balance the needs of residents with the economic development of a neighborhood and mediate conflicts before they reach a crisis point.

“The problem can’t be solved simply by enforcing zoning laws. If it were like that, then this problem would have been solved long ago,” says Parng.

“It’s not just a Shida neighborhood problem,” he adds. “It’s become a social issue. The government needs to pay attention.”

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