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The 6th Task Force Meeting and Youth Engagement for City Development IMG_4727

On August 31, 2014, the Urban Voice Team conducted a full day task force meeting, which included a field visit to poor communities (community 104 and 105) with 27 participants.
The purpose of this task force meeting is to engage youths (especially university students) by getting them involved with the Urban Voice Project, submit reports, and learn about the real living situations of poor in communities. This gives them a clear picture of what Urban Voice is all about and teaches them how to submit reports on urban issues and urban development to the Urban Voice website. This way they have a better…

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Parking in Phnom Penh IMG_5012

 Trying to find parking in the city, especially near the markets, often leads to utter chaos and desperate decision-making. If you happen to be going by Central Market, you can find countless examples of “free-style” parking. Many cars and motorcycles mount the sidewalk if they cannot find a designated parking space. This leaves very little room for the plethora of pedestrians who are then forced to walk in the busy streets just to get to their destination. Some drivers choose to double Park in front of other cars and leave their handbrake off with the expectation that someone will push their…

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TV Billboard Brightness and Placement Can Cause Traffic Accidents TV billboards

Can TV Billboard Brightness and Placement Cause Traffic Accidents? Even though there is no previous study regarding the effects of TV billboards on traffic accidents in Phnom Penh, many people believe that the placement and the brightness of TV billboards seriously affect the traffic in Phnom Penh.
There are still a few TV billboards in Phnom Penh today. Two of the TV billboards are at the insertions between Kromon Sar Blvd. and Monivong Blvd. They are placed right in front of the drivers from Russian Blvd., which is one of the main streets in Phnom Penh.
These TV billboards can cause traffic issues…

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Waste Management in Phnom Penh pic cuter

Since the beginning of 2014, the waste problem in Phnom Penh has made frequent appearances on newspaper headlines especially after events like CINTRI workers’ strike. The waste issue is exacerbated after heavy rains, which further illustrates the improper disposal of waste in Phnom Penh city. Waste collection and management is a common issue on the agenda of a fast growing and developing city like Phnom Penh. The population of Phnom Penh has increased from 1.3 million in 2008 to 2.2 million in 2014 according to the World Population Review. With the increasing population, more and more waste…

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The 3rd Urban Voice Radio Talk Show on “Urban Development Plan” socheat_media_3rd-radio-talk-show_vs1

Urban Voice has been hosting a series of radio talk show programs to inform and build awareness of the Urban Voice project. Urban Voice is a platform to share information about urban development and its impact, and to discuss transparency in development, and the demands and/or concerns of Phnom Penh’s population and other stakeholders. Urban Voice also has a task f​orce group which meets regularly, and the project team offers lectures at universities, workshops and online interaction opportunities.
The radio talk shows involve interaction with residents of Phnom Penh and are aired…

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Urban Voice: The 6th Task Force Meeting and Field Visit to a Railway Community 20140813_socheat_media_taskforce-poster-6_vs1

Urban Voice Cambodia recently concluded the 5th Task Force Meeting and visited an urban poor community – Preak Takong on July 18, 2014. If you missed the task force meeting, you can still access our photo album and blog post here.
On August 31st, 2014, the new task force will visit another poor community—known as Railway Community—as requested by a previous participant. There, you will learn about many things from the poor community members such as living condition, safety and security, infrastructure, education, and other problems challenging them. You will also be guided on how…

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The Traffic Congestion in Phnom Penh 10411868_852057768157049_5403852451206244645_n

Everyday people complain about how frustrated they are with the traffic in Phnom Penh. One interesting video produced by RFA has been generating a lot of attention and discussion. The video (released on August 9, 2014) talks about hour-long traffic jams at a corner street – Hanoi and Maida Street near Northbridge School. The video boasts 1,154 “likes” and comments and has been “shared” 335 times so far.
The discussion focuses on a number of traffic issues in Phnom Penh such as:

People disobeying the traffic laws
The traffic police not executing their duties properly
Poor law implementation…

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