Portuguese pavement debate
Last week, the Portuguese-language media reported that IAM intends to change the Calçada portuguesa in certain areas of Macau because of the slipping of the road and the improvement of the dewatering conditions. This news caused a heated discussion among netizens. Some people think this is necessary to prevent accidents during the rainy season for citizens and tourists. Others think that this is “decolonization” and the characteristics of Macao should be preserved.
The IAM issued a press release on Monday (1st) stating that it will retain and maintain the characteristic Portuguese-style Calçada. It will take into consideration the different conditions of pedestrian walkways in various districts and make comprehensive considerations when beautifying or restoring pedestrian walkways. Try to make improvements. According to the IAM, there are Calçada in different area of Macau, which connects many tourist attractions in the historic city of the world. The pattern of cultural features highlights the urban characteristics of Macau’s Chinese and Western cultures.
Some people think this is necessary to prevent accidents during the rainy season for citizens and tourists. Others think that this is “decolonization” and the characteristics of Macao should be preserved
As a place for cultural exchange between China and Portugal, Macao has vigorously developed the “Sino-Portuguese Platform” in recent years, and it is necessary to retain the Portuguese-style Calçada. In addition to attracting tourists, it also proves the uniqueness of Macao’s cultural exchange between China and the West. Indeed, Calçada is easy to slipping on rainy days, posing a risk to both drivers and pedestrians. When considering the reorganization of Calçada in a comprehensive way, IAM may wish to give more remind to note the attention of motorists and pedestrians.
*Chinese editor of Plataforma