Think of an ugly city, and chances are it will be lacking a park in its centre. Likewise, cities envied by the world always have green recreational areas right smack in the middle. We have a chance today to transform ugly Butterworth into a place to die for.
IN THE JUNE 2010 issue of this magazine, I published an article entitled “Butterworth remains the Ugly Duckling”. It was about the failure of the town to transform itself into an attractive city. Worse, the town, especially the town centre, had actually been deteriorating over the last decade or so. Things are still the same. Eighteen months may be too short for things to turn around despite the fact that in the last general elections, three elected representatives of the voters of Butterworth are holding very powerful posts in the Penang state government, including that of the Chief Minister.
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