On September 19, the Penang Institute with the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) as sponsor, is organizing the first Park(ing) Day in Malaysia at the World Heritage Site of George Town.
This Park(ing) Day event is created to temporarily converts street parking spaces into miniature parks, as part of an effort to raise awareness regarding public space creation and improvement in the urban environment. There are prizes to be won for participants who took part in the event. It was found that the first Park(ing) Day was created in San Francisco back in 2005, as a mean to create civic awareness on urban amenities.
For more info, please go to the Facebook page here; https://www.facebook.com/mygeorgetown.my.
This huge art mural was recently completed on the side of the wall of the new 118 Hotel MacAlister, which is located along MacAlister Road in George Town. It depicts a boy having a bowl of noodles with a squirrel on top of his cap. With the bright orange wall, this mural or building can be easily spotted if one travels along MacAlister Road or along Lorong Baru (New Lane).
New Lane (or Lorong Baru) is a small street that links up Macalister Road and Dato Kramat Road in George Town. At night, it transforms into a popular hawker center (although nowadays it’s more like a tourist-centric area) and the street is usually packed with stalls and vehicles are not allowed to enter the street from Macalister Road from 4pm to 12am.
Macalister Road (or Jalan Macalister) is a rather long road that stretches out from George Town (KOMTAR area) to the outer ring of the city center. The road was found to be named after after Colonel Norman Macalister, who was both the Governor of Penang and a close associate of Captain Francis Light during the 1800s period.