Only elites can live in Pyongyang.
Pyongyang was restricted to living in the Pyongyang, except for the “people of choice”, who were recognized as “moderate in thought” and “high in loyalty” by the Republic. The same was true for returnees. Only a limited number of children and relatives, such as Soviet Union officials recognized as having a high level of loyalty and commercial and industrial workers with large donations, could no longer live in Pyongyang. (Zhang Minghide, Republic of the Frozen Land)
Returned Koreans are Koreans who have returned to North Korea from Japan.
Vehicles are restricted in the elite city of Pyongyang.
Pyongyang, the capital, is designated as a “special zone” where the selected good people live, and bicycles must not be used as “pre-modern vehicles”. The central part is orderly, with Mercedes-Benz and Volvo carrying party leaders running around. Running while exhaling. (Ibid.)
It is said that domestic and industrial wastewater is flowing into the Datong River flowing through Pyongyang.
You can see the sight of the barrack huts lining up in a mess. There are a large number of anglers in the Datong River, and wrapped mullet and carp are wrapped in newspapers and taken with care in their bags.
The water color of the Datong River is muddy, cloudy, and stagnant. There is no wastewater purification device, and domestic wastewater and factory wastewater flow into the facility as it is, and the water is dirty. (Ibid.)
A report by North Korean researcher Toshio Miyazuka provides a glimpse into the living situation of Pyongyang people.
Many people in Pyongyang have never seen an elderly or disabled person, but this is a mistake. In fact, many old people live in pensions. I saw a man with crutches in front of Pyongyang Koryo Hotel. However, the elevator is not always moving, so you have to go up and down the stairs each time, so you will not go outside. (Toshio Miyazuka, North Korea Tour Report)
Recently, they say that they have a couple of chickens on the veranda of their apartments, lay eggs, and exchange them for other ingredients at the farmers’ market. (Ibid.)
Breeding of dogs is prohibited in Pyongyang, and dogs for “Tankogi(meaning sweet meat)” are raised locally. It seems that there are also feeding problems, squeals, and hygiene issues, and you don’t stroll with the owner or see dogs kept as pets, just as no garbage has fallen into Pyongyang. (Ibid.)