I read with dismay Prof Michael Herzfeld's article, ''Pom Mahakan eviction would be a calamitous loss'' (Opinion, Sept 27).
Once again, it would appear, there is still a contingent in the BMA clinging to those modernist notions of urban planning calling for the removal of people to make the city beautiful. It's a destructive approach which continues to hold sway in some dusty corners of the planning profession.
Over the years, the Pom Mahakan (Mahakan Fort) community has itself proven to be adept at community planning, coming up with alternative solutions to eviction which have met the approval of previous Bangkok authorities and the acclaim of scholars and planners around the world. Along with my KMUTT architecture students, I have learnt much from this community and will always be grateful for their inspiration.
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