Seoul's Mayors Spearheads A 'Green' Revolution

Bi-weekly series on mayors of the world's supercities focuses on Seoul's mayor.
July 30, 2005, 11am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Once known as 'the Bulldozer,' Seoul's Critics deride Lee's ecological projects as public relations stunts carried out with an eye to winning the South Korean presidency two years from now. Nonetheless, the greening of Seoul, a city of more than 10 million, is moving ahead. Since his election as mayor in 2002, Lee has ripped up tarmac and torn down walls, replacing them with grass and trees.

Mayor Lee built national fame as the hard-driving chief executive of Hyundai Construction & Engineering, South Korea's best-known builder and icon of its breakneck industrialization."

Thanks to John Koch-Schulte

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Published on Friday, July 29, 2005 in International Herald Tribune
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