Hanoi Times – A country woman went back to her village after three months living with her son’s family in a flat on the 14th floor of a new urban area, Trung Hoa-Nhan Chinh, despite being pestered to stay by her grandson. Both son and daughter-in-law went to work during the day. The grandson, a high-school student, stayed in his room to play computer games after school. Neighbouring flats closed the doors all day. The woman, alone in a comfortable flat for most of the day, felt isolated- and she was unfamiliar with modern equipment.”I thought that by moving to live in the apartment block I would have better living conditions, but I was disgusted with such a comfortable but humdrum life,” she said.Hearing her story, I realised that her son, the owner of a house located in a quiet alley, had somehow managed to buy a noisy urban apartment. So have many dispossessed rural workers given money from land compensation.The development of multi-storey buildings is a modern phenomenon, supposedly suited to the trend of urbanisation and modernisation. However, it is not easy to establish new urban areas suitable to the culture, lifestyle and financial capabilities of the average Vietnamese.These…
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