Gridlocked and flood-prone, Vietnam’s biggest city struggles to keep pace with its own breakneck growth

As soon as the roads are widened a fresh glut of cars moves in to fill them, says lifelong Ho Chi Minh City resident Thinh Pham, who fears urban planning is forever condemned to lag behind the unrelenting growth of one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic cities.

Young, energetic and teeming with start-ups and finance houses, Vietnam’s biggest city and economic engine room is also facing some of its most urgent challenges: gridlocked roads, flooding and infrastructure that’s sagging under the weight of 10 million residents.

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Michael Tatarski