Huai’an is not in the list of the fifth batch “National Civilized Cities” released by the National Central Civilization Office on September 14th, which means the city fails to become a national civilized city again.
Huai’an has been endeavoring for this national title for years, but never succeeded. The title of “National Civilized Cities” is the most difficult one among all the titles related to city image building and is the highest honor for a city in China, as it involves a broad range of indexes related to economy, environment, behaviors, sanitation, people satisfactory, etc.
The municipal government of Huai’an puts great emphasis on building a civilized city, or rather wining this title, but its efforts are criticized as formalistic and “movement-type”. It did carry out various movements, and the most impressive one is anti-prostitution.
In order to pass the evaluation for “national civilized city”, Huai’an police performed a number of assaults against “dirty” places in recent months , like “massage rooms”, to eliminate “uncivilized behaviors”. Other “uncivilized behaviors” like pedestrians’ running the red light are also strictly prohibited.
Such movements and attacks could improve people’s behaviors to some extent, but in some other unnoticed areas, Huai’an government, or more accurately Huai’an people, haven’t done a good job.
For example, hospitals in Huai’an have been infamous for being impolite and rude to patients. Some doctors are modest while others are very arrogant. And the hospitals turn a blind eye to those bad attitudes of doctors, sometimes you cannot even find a guestbook to write your complaints. As a result, Huai’an is facing a strained relationship between doctors and patients.
Another example is electric quadricycles. It has four wheels and even a steering wheel – almost like electric cars, but people don’t need to get a license for it, and can drive it on vehicular roads just like driving a car while don’t have to follow traffic rules.
These quadricycles run rampant in Huai’an, usually used by elders and housewives for going out and picking up children from school, who are usually terrible drivers, making it especially dangerous. And electro-tricycles are just equally dangerous.
Such vehicles are forbidden in big cities and many other cities in China but are permitted in Huai’an for no particular reason. Ironically, Hongze, a new district of Huai’an which was a county last year, detaind all these illegal electric quadricycles while older districts of Huai’an, especially the economic development zone, have been overlooking all the potential dangers caused by them.
It seems that Huai’an city still has a long way to go in building a “national civilized city”, and the most important thing is that the authority should pay real attention to health and security of citizens, instead of only indexes for that title.