liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 November, 2009, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 What has made opposition to Lulus more commonplace?

a. More public backlashes

b. The internet

c. Public-relations strategies

d. A more educated public

2 Why does Hong Kong have a planning problem?

a. There is not enough money

b. The economy is not doing well

c. There is not enough space

d. There are not enough workers

3 Circle the reasons why somebody might be opposed to a project:

a. It affects air quality

b. It affects land values

c. It affects a community's self-image

d. It affects health issues

4 In a survey of Tuen Mun residents, most locals said:

a. Public consultations were inadequate

b. Compensation was inadequate

c. They had no faith in their District Council

d. They had no faith in the Legislative Council

5 Professor Lam Kin-che said one way to regain the public's trust was to:

a. Give tax breaks

b. Give it more say in a project's design

c. Give ownership of the project to the public

d. Compensate affected neighbourhoods

6 What does Paul Zimmerman say about government consultations?

a. They take too long

b. They do not accomplish anything

c. Citizens have little real input

d. They are out-of-date

7 What is Zimmerman's criticism of the Town Planning Board?

a. It has too many members

b. It does not meet frequently enough

c. It is too rigid

d. It is too independent

e. It is not independent enough

Debate and discuss

1 How should the needs of a city and one of its neighbourhoods be balanced?

2 Why should a company or the government take into account a single neighbourhood's objections? What would be the efects of going ahead with a development project without getting the neighbourhood's approval?

3 Are people who are against Lulus selfish?

4 What are the drawbacks of too much public discussion? Think about scheduling, costs and Hong Kong's unique situation.

Follow-up activities

1 The Town Planning Board holds meetings that are open to the public twice a month to review proposals. Look up its website ( for meeting times and topics. Sit in on a meeting and see how the board promotes 'the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the community'.

2 Make a list of major Lulus in Hong Kong. Can you see any similarities in their locations? Compare the major Lulu clusters with the neighbourhoods' household median incomes. Can you find any connections?


November 19

Reading comprehension: 1. b, 2. d, 3. a, 4. c