Preserving Public Space in Myanmar's Former Capital

Khin Khin Htay lives with her family in Yangon's sprawling northern outskirts. She recently traveled with her two young daughters by bus to a park in the center of the city. The journey took at least one-and-a-half hours each way, but Khin Khin Htay said it was worth it. "My daughters really like coming here. Where we live, there is no public space, so we travel all this way," she told VOA, as her daughters played on the swings behind her. Public space is somewhat of a rarity in Myanmar's former capital, and residents are concerned that as more commercial projects go online, the limited space that is available will gradually disappear. Yangon has one of the lowest public space per capita ratios for a major world city. A 2014 study conducted by the Yangon Technological University said Yangon has 0.37 square meters of park space for each head of...


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