Another fake news… “Gangbuk is the worst place to live” Song Young-gil, distorted remarks

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Controversy arose when Song Young-gil, a candidate for Seoul mayor of the Democratic Party of Korea, remarked during a campaign that “Gangbuk is the worst place to live.” Candidate Song’s claim that Gangbuk-gu is the poorest among Seoul’s 25 autonomous districts is wrong even if you check various statistics.

Candidate Song explained that it was “discrimination against infrastructure and the purpose of supplementing the infrastructure”, but there is no controversy.

Candidate Song said, “(Among Seoul’s 25 autonomous districts) Gangbuk is the worst place to live. Gangnam and GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is more than 20 times different.”

Candidate Song’s side soon corrected the expression “I can’t live” to “I’m out of date”, but the controversy grew.

After announcing the promise of the ‘Baro Hangang Project’ at the National Assembly on the 20th, Candidate Song clarified the remarks related to Gangbuk the previous day, saying, “Because the subway infrastructure is relatively outdated (that’s what I said).”

Candidate Song’s claim that the total production in Gangnam and North Gangbuk differs by more than 20 times is true.

According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Gangbuk-gu has the lowest GRDP (gross regional product) figure among autonomous districts in Seoul, and Gangnam-gu has the highest.

As of 2019, the GRDP figures for each autonomous district in Seoul differ by 21.8 times between Gangbuk-gu (3.283,572 billion won) and Gangnam-gu (71,852.681 billion won). Gangbuk-gu is about 5.3 times higher than the average of Seoul (17,437,888 million won). Gangbuk-gu has the lowest GRDP among autonomous districts in Seoul, and Gangnam-gu has the highest.

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However, based on this, the claim that Gangbuk-gu is the poorest among the 25 autonomous districts in Seoul is not true.

Gangbuk-gu’s per capita GRDP was 10,743,000 won, ranking 23rd out of 25 autonomous districts in Seoul. Among Seoul autonomous districts, Dobong-gu (10,438,000 won) has the lowest GRDP per capita, and Jung-gu (417,483,000 won) has the highest GRDP.

As of 2021, the financial independence of Gangbuk-gu was 17.2%, ranking 24th among 25 autonomous districts in Seoul. Gangnam-gu (54.9%) differs from Gangbuk-gu by 37.7%p. The average degree of financial independence of the autonomous districts of Seoul is 29.4%, among the 25 autonomous districts of Seoul, Nowon-gu (15.9%) has the lowest degree of financial independence and Seocho-gu (58.2%) has the highest.

Fiscal independence is an indicator of the ability of local governments to manage their own households, and it is the ratio of self-reliance resources to the total financial resources of local governments. self-funded Among the resources of local governments, the local government’s own revenue.

Kim Yong-tae, a member of the People’s Power Supreme Council, posted on Facebook on the 19th, “Candidate Song Young-gil, you say, ‘Gangbuk is the worst place to live’? If not, I can’t believe he said something like that.”

Chang-moo Lee, a professor of urban engineering at Hanyang University, pointed out that “I do not think that improving the public transportation network can reduce the GRDP deviation” in relation to Song’s clarification remarks.

In a telephone conversation with the New Daily on the 20th, Professor Lee said, “The GRDP per capita can be higher if there are many employment facilities in the area,” said Professor Lee, “it is not the standard of people, but the total amount of added value or production that occurs in the area divided by the population.” there,” he said.

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“Even in Seoul, some places are dominated by residential areas, while others have more production and employment facilities. And because there are many headquarters, the GRDP is relatively higher,” he explained.

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