Seoul Transforming Into A Greener City

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Seoul At Dusk As everybody knows by now, urban areas in Asia are becoming increasingly busy with people and transportation and, not surprisingly, this is leading to a drastic increase in pollution and health problems. But in the national capital of South Korea, a greener future is on the horizon. The most important development by the new Mayor Lee Myung Bak was the restoration of the Cheonggyecheon stream, and the reduction of traffic on the highway around it. This alone has brought over 200 species back into the ecosystem, not to mention cooler air, and an aesthetically pleasing waterfall that is increasing pedestrians by the millions.

In a story featured in Time, the Mayor also divulges the city’s plans for a larger amount of forests in and around the city, and tearing down more highways and replacing them with landscaping.

The bold steps taken by Lee may seem drastic, but at such a critical point in the development of large Asian cities, it is refreshing to see that Seoul is a leader in environmental causes, as well as technology.

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