Paths to nowhere? We have so few green spaces around our urban areas; yet there are always people who want to pour concrete and paving into the few spaces we do have.
This is just an example from the little green space at Farquhar Street in front of City Bayview Hotel. Look at all these winding concrete paths going in circles and leading nowhere. Do you see anyone using them most of the time?
In the past, they had these ridiculous shells placed all over the green in the name of ‘beautification’. Thank goodness they got rid of them – only for these concrete paths to materialise. Why couldn’t they just leave it as a lovely little green with a some shrubs and flowers and a few trees?
This is a reflection of our own mentality of pouring concrete and tar all over the place. Remember many houses once used to have little lawns? Well, many of us have even poured concrete all over our little gardens at home. Even the lawns and green lungs at places of worship have not been spared.
This is the same mentality responsible for the mess created in the past at the Penang Botanic Garden, the skating rink etc at the Youth Park, and now the kiosks and paving at the Taiping Lake Garden and futsal pitches in green spaces (when we could have football fields). Let’s not even ask what’s happened to the KL Lake Garden. Think of all the green spaces around you and at popular beaches where useless concrete structures, often turning into white elephants, have cropped up. Of course, in all these cases there is the added motivation of ‘contracts for the boys’!
So what hope do our hills and forests have from the onslaught of ‘development’ projects?