Look out for our Living History project

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 March, 2007, 12:00am

I was disappointed to hear the government might grant an extension on the lease of the old Stanley police station to a Wellcome Supermarket. The government once again shows it doesn't care what its citizens think.

The old police station is historically valuable. The ugly shelves and cash registers ruin the building. Why do we need to use a historical building as a supermarket? There are supermarkets everywhere.

The government keeps assuring us they know the importance of preserving heritage, but they seem to treat old buildings as just another piece of expensive, rented real estate.

Ingrid Wong

Leung Shek Chee College Thanks for your letter, Ingrid. That Wellcome Supermarket in Stanley is without doubt the most interesting supermarket in Hong Kong. I remember prior to it being used as a supermarket, it was a restaurant. I agree it's a shame that's its being used as a supermarket, but at least it hasn't been knocked down! Although strip lighting and wall-to-wall shelving don't make for a pleasant ambience to enjoy the historic site, at least it's open to everyone.

Yesterday we began our Living History

project with the Youth Arts Foundation. The 24 participants will be busy over the next few weeks researching their chosen neighbourhood.

Look out for their work in Young Post after the Easter holidays.

Kate, Editor


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