SEOUL, Jun. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced plans on Wednesday to invest in public sharing economy infrastructure at apartment blocks in an effort to encourage the development of communities that share.
Dubbed ‘Sharing Village’, Seoul’s new infrastructure project will see bicycle and car sharing facilities, which are often scattered around the city, built on the same spot for convenience, creating a place that resembles the name ‘sharing village’.
As applications are open until July 12, apartment residents who wish to be part of the ‘sharing village’ project can submit an application to the local district office after coming to an agreement with other residents, with only one or two blocks expected to be chosen for a pilot project.
Communities chosen to receive the ‘sharing village’ treatment will see around 50 million won spent to build sharing economy infrastructure to provide a number of sharing services, including bicycles, refrigerators, and possibly child care depending on the types of households in the chosen community.
In 2012, Seoul declared itself to be a sharing city, and in 2013 became the first city in the nation to issue an ordinance to promote the sharing economy.
“We’ll do our best to make sure the sharing economy becomes an economic pillar for local communities to improve the lives of South Koreans,” a Seoul government official said.
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