Monday, April 24, 2006

"Beautification" Begins In Peking Neighborhoods

From the AP via Yahoo news. The so-called government of China has begun demolition of homes considered to be obstacles to a great Olympic experience. "Beijing is undergoing a thorough makeover for the 2008 Games, spending an estimated $40 billion to put up sporting venues, lay down new roads and subway lines, build residential communities in the suburbs and beautify the often gray, polluted capital." Hmm, if anyone in an American city advocated this, imagine the outcry! Cities cannot even remove shantytowns and ad hoc campgrounds for homeless people without a hue and cry going up from the professional grievance lobbies. Well, no reaction here of course because it's a communist government driving the bulldozers. Where's the ISM? Surely someone from Evergreen could go and become a martyr there for the cause of the "'inner city villages.'" You know the answer to that already, no need to belabor the point.

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