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Citizens' Happiness the Best "City Image"
    2007-01-18 13:07:46     CRIENGLISH.com
A county government in central China's Henan province has urged local house owners to dismantle their solar water heaters, which are perceived to "destroy" the city's image.

The move has brought about the opposition of local residents. But local officials explained that personal interests should be subject to social interests unconditionally.

An editorial in Beijing News says city image was originally a blessing, but currently is a curse for citizens in some cities with peddlers being evicted and buildings not meeting certain requirements in appearance ordered to be demolished.

It says that due to some officials going to extremes, the security, sustenance and freedom of citizens have given way to the city's supposed image.

The article argues that the best picture of a city is the happiness and freedom of its citizens rather than superficial material modernizations.
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