Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Jan 16 1967, Page 9

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 16, 1967, Tokyo, JapanSaigon the r tarnished Pearl no of Nasr mss stoc Jumi pm key places in Saigon Gia Long Palace residence of chief of state main . Military headquarter . Embassy i National Buddhist Institute main Catholic Cathedral main government office building Itu do Freedom St Center of bars catering to . Personnel i prime minister s office building and compound. I main Bridge to the North Lusi building Central Market . Aid Headquarters National Assembly building main . Pm and commissary if / a. A new features crowded noisy and dirty new Saigon no longer charming on a pedicab competes for space with automobiles bicycles and motor scooters Busy Saigon Street Copley by Edwin q. Whites Saigon a therel was a time in Saigon when people complained about the exhaust fumes and popping noise of the City s motor driven cycles. Not any More. Now the irritant of the mechanized Little passenger buggies like Many other things has been swallowed up in the bursting at the seams commotion and contusion of this wartime capital. The population of Saigon has climbed to an estimated 2.5 or 3 Mil lion persons. Nobody knows for sure How Many there Are in the sprawling slums or in the winding alleyways of the chinese Section of Cholon or in the Maze of shacks and shanties along the City a Rivers and persons have come to the capital As War refugees fleeing Battle areas where both sides take a civilian toll. Many others have flocked to the City seeding to make a Quick Buck from the wartime Boom. Never enough places to sleep at night in the heart of the downtown area and the Central marketplace hundreds of homeless sleep on sidewalks and in doorways. The physical face of the City has changed too. Hundreds of new building shave gone up Many of them slap dash jobs aimed at providing meager living accommodations at exorbitant prices. Floor after floor often is added to existing structures to provide More rooms when there is no direction to go except up. The influx of the americans some 30,000 military personnel in the capital area has worked its usual changes. The onetime Charm of an overlay of French culture on an Oriental City is All but gone. The onetime pleasant boulevards Rue Catinat Nguyen Hue Leloi now Are lined with Gaudy bars and souvenir shops. Middle Clas vietnamese families no longer take an evening promenade to enjoy the Breeze from the Saigon River. Traffic conditions that were considered impossible one year or two years ago now have become indescribable. In addition to the tens of thousands of bicycles motor scooters motorcycles and cars of the vietnamese streets of the capital have become major routes for military convoys. Convoys Roll through night huge . Army trucks lumber through the City their air horns shrieking an their exhaust pipes giving off Clouds of smoke that often makes it impossible to see half a Block. Driving is a feat that makes the traffic of new York or Tokyo look like child s is a Midnight to 4 . Curfew in the capital and Many of the convoys Are assigned to use these hours when vehicles can move with greater Freedom. All night night after night there is the Roar of engines. The advertising brochures still use the old cliches for Saigon terming the City Pearl of the Orient or the Paris of the East but like the invitation to go big game Hunting in the mountains of Vietnam the and makers Are sadly out of Saigon that perhaps never was certainly is no More. Pacific stars & stripes 9monday, Jan. 16, 19ti7

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