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Campaign targets nighttime noise from food vendors, expat revelry

NIGHTTIME food vendors who have long generated complaints at Fumin and Changle roads will be targeted in a campaign that also intends to reduce complaints about drunken expats outside bars creating a ruckus.

Gripes from residents about noise and smells have gone unresolved for years in the area, which is on the border of Jing'an and Xuhui districts, a location that has stymied efforts to fix the problem.

"When our officials go to bust these food booths, vendors flee to Jing'an District, which is not our jurisdiction," said an office director surnamed Wang of the Xuhui District Urban Management Administrative Law Enforcement Bureau.

Urban management authorities in Jing'an District declined to comment yesterday.

Officials said they will first ask the vendors to shut down their operations. Vendors who fail to obey may have their equipment confiscated and be subject to fines.

Wang said officials are working on a detailed plan to ensure quiet in the area, but he called it a "tough job."

The plan must be carefully mapped out, Wang said, "because we want to avoid unnecessary clashes with drunken people, who tend to behave violently against our officials," he said.

Drunks will be encouraged to move on, but would not be arrested unless they attack someone or commit some other crime, officials said.

Authorities end routine patrols at 12am, but many of those who go to bars come out at midnight and party until dawn, Wang said.

Complaints have been forwarded to authorities as early as 2009, but have not been resolved.

Jiang Xin, who lives in the Gubai residential community on Fumin Road, said residents keep their windows closed at night even in summer and some drunks disturb the peace with noise and even get into drunken brawls at residential complexes.

"It is very noisy because of these street vendors and dozens of foreigners who drink beer and party into the night outdoors at bars, and the situation is even worse after they get drunk," Jiang said.

In a similar situation, residents of the Minhang District's Hongchun residential complex that sits astride a street of restaurants and bars popularly known as Foreigners Street 101 complained that they were bothered by expats' late-night partying outside bars, with incessant singing, dancing, clapping, trumpets and drums.

The noise pollution ratcheted up more than five years ago when Hongmei Road became one of Shanghai's most popular hangouts for foreigners.

The problems have been eased somewhat after talks among residents, neighborhood committees, and operators of bars and restaurants, but have not been fully resolved.


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