Making full use of our waterways and waterfronts is necessary if Penang is to become a world-class green city. That is why the project to save Sungai Pinang – Penang’s own river – is vital.
Penangites are a lucky lot. They have hills, beaches and rivers within a short travelling distance from residential areas. And the early settlers of the island left behind attractive buildings and urban spaces.
Unfortunately, the natural environment is no longer pristine. Hills, especially vista points, have been cut to build houses and condominiums. Stretches of scenic coastal areas have been replaced by dull built environments.
Many beautiful and historical buildings were left to deteriorate or were demolished to be replaced by “modern” multi-storey structures. Serious preservation of beautiful and iconic built environments only began when part of George Town was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008.
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