Hanoi's crowded Old Quarter an urban planning challenge for Vietnamese officials

  • by: MIKE IVES , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 18, 2014 - 7:35 AM

HANOI, Vietnam — Tourists, hawkers and motorcyclists rub shoulders every morning in the congested alleyways of Hanoi's low-rise Old Quarter, which seems generations away from the office towers and electronics megastores springing up in other parts of the capital. The quarter's street grid, laid out in the 15th century, is still dominated by dilapidated shops selling everything from brass gongs to bamboo scaffolding.

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