Leave Chi­ang Mai be

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Chi­ang Mai growth not so bad”, (PostBag, Jan 13). I found Mr Bourne’s re­sponse to my crit­i­cism of Chi­ang Mai in­ter­est­ing for the fact that two men of sim­i­lar age can feel so dif­fer­ent about their world. First I would just like to cor­rect the as­sump­tion that the city I fear for is a “bolt-hole” when it is in fact the place I chose to build a house, raise a fam­ily and spend more time in than any other coun­try. The place that he found “bor­ing”, I found fas­ci­nat­ing, didn’t wish to al­ter and was quite happy to pass on un­changed to my chil­dren. What he calls de­vel­op­ment I call de­struc­tion, where he sees man’s hand as im­prov­ing I see it as di­min­ish­ing. Mr Bourne is, I as­sume, what I would call a city dweller whereas I am a “hay­seed” coun­try man. He is cor­rect in that I have this “sen­ti­men­tal non­sense” for the old things such as clean air, un­con­tam­i­nated wa­ter and un­lit­tered streets. I en­joy the nat­u­ral beauty and am happy to live in it. As for Chi­ang Mai be­ing “man­age­able” I sup­pose that’s true if you wish to wear a suitable mask, per­haps flee the city as some do in March or take the ex­perts’ ad­vice of stay­ing in­doors at cer­tain times. I chose to just move farther out of town, 200km to be ex­act. Mr Bourne how­ever, has no need to worry about my type who are los­ing the bat­tle and his de­sires will be ful­filled. Higher en­ergy use, more roads, big­ger malls and pos­si­bly even fac­to­ries will al­most cer­tainly be the city’s fu­ture. Con­ser­va­tion and the preser­va­tion of our ecosys­tem don’t ap­pear to be high pri­or­ity, which is maybe why many sci­en­tists think cli­mate change is in­evitable. LUNGSTIB

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