Unfinished business

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 April, 2011, 12:00am
 

Hong Kong has plenty of money to throw at public works - and is certainly driven to 'upgrade' often enough, or at least re-lay as much concrete as possible. Why, then, are jobs so often only half finished?

Not so much in the centre of the city, but all over the New Territories and the outlying islands there are paths, car parks, etc that have been laid with little or no finesse. Sure, these slabs of concrete do their job, but with a little extra effort - and the odd adornment; paving stones, tiles or flower beds, for instance - they could be aesthetically pleasing, too.

Instead, our countryside has been disfigured with scabs of grey; formwork scars evident in blocked-off sides; lava-flows of dried concrete oozing from edges; even the odd broken tool left where it was last used.

If a job's worth doing, it's wo ... Oh, never mind!

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