The Pom Mahakan community, located in the symbolic core of Rattanakosin Island, has been struggling for more than two decades to achieve a cooperative land-sharing arrangement with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
One of the old wooden houses in the Pom Mahakan Fort community, which is under constant threat of eviction by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, which wants to turn the fort area into a public park. Some residents took compensation, rather than move to a relocation site which has been prepared on the city’s outskirts. Many, however, have resisted forced eviction and tried to turn the area into a living museum. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Instead of eviction and dispersal, most of its 300 inhabitants seek to demonstrate their skills as guardians of the historic site. Indeed, they have already demonstrated an extraordinary ability both to conserve the site and to manage their own affairs. They have maintained their living space as a clean, tranquil oasis that contrasts dramatically with the noise and pollution outside _ and with the disgraceful condition of the one segment that the BMA has already taken over, once the scene of lively community events but now a soulless lawn that has already degenerated into a sordid, unkempt, and deeply embarrassing mess.
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