Children paint the “illegal building-free community” on a canvas at Xichang Community of Lugu Subdistrict in Shijingshan District, Beijing, July 31, 2017. [Photo by Zhao Ang/Qianlong]
A public welfare painting activity themed “Take actions to build a beautiful community” was held at Xichang Community of Lugu Subdistrict in Shijingshan District of Beijing on July 31, 2017.
During the activity, children painted the “illegal building-free community” with clean houses and bright flowers on colorful canvases. The children wearing homemade flowers and green grass hats proposed that the community will become more beautiful if there are flowers and grasses instead of illegal buildings.
They also hand-painted the proposals of demolishing illegal buildings and publicized them at neighbors’ home or in the square of the community.
A child hands out the hand-painted proposal to the residents of Xichang Community of Lugu Subdistrict in Shijingshan District, Beijing, July 31, 2017. [Photo by Zhu Hong/Qianlong]
“At present my child is on summer vocation. She is very willing to participate in this activity after she witnessed that the community’s illegal buildings were demolished and the community’s environment has become better with flowers and grasses,” a parent said.
It is learned that Xichang Community was built in the late 1980s and it has 17 residential buildings with a permanent resident population of 3,700 in 1,506 households. Due to the old community’s lack of modern property service management and supervision, many residents occupied the public space to build small iron sheds for storage.
Statistically, the district once had a total of 145 iron sheds and now 80 have been consciously demolished by residents in the recent illegal building-demolishing campaign in the community.