Hanoi, France join hands to restore old street

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The capital city on Thursday launched a VND15-billion-plus (US$769,625) project to improve an old street in cooperation with France's Toulouse City on Thursday.


The project, scheduled for completion by third quarter next year, aims to repair a 52-meter section of Ta Hien Street, which was built early 20th century with French and Vietnamese traditional architectural styles.


The government will upgrade the street's infrastructure, while residents will work on the interior, the project's management board said.


Receiving financial and technical support from the second biggest city in France, this is a pilot project for Hanoi, paving the way to restore the whole street later.


The project is part of a cooperative program between Hanoi and Toulouse aiming to preserve the Old Quarter, which covers an area of some 100 hectares with 76 streets near Hoan Kiem Lake.


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