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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Schools or homes, city planners must strike a balance

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Kong's future housing needs. So when it comes to a prime vacant site among the universities, schools and kindergartens in the upscale residential area of Kowloon Tong, only a brave man would bet ... competing social needs. After withdrawing the former Institute of Vocational Education site from the land sales list, the government did not drop an application for residential rezoning. In the end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1464256/schools-or-homes-city-planners-must-strike-balance
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's new disclosure rules on flats not enough

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... in the industry, leading to those incredibly shrinking shoeboxes whose living space is often much smaller than advertised. The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance will ban the use of gross ... living space available. So far, so good. Now, the new law also forces developers and agents to disclose anything that may "affect the enjoyment" of the property, such as noise pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1203353/hong-kongs-new-disclosure-rules-flats-not-enough
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Citic Group's plan opens door to greater economic reforms

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... unit, Citic Pacific. It also will likely relocate its headquarters to Hong Kong. The latest development will open the group- whose interests span from steel and property to banking, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1465607/citic-groups-plan-opens-door-greater-economic-reforms
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    We have a right to know when and why we are being watched

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... help keep people and property safe. They also can be key to solving crimes, last year's Boston marathon bombing and the terror attacks on the London Underground in 2005 being notable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455073/we-have-right-know-when-and-why-we-are-being-watched
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Removing chains on deposit rates will free capital for more efficient use

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on official deposit rates that has created a huge, unregulated shadow banking sector. With an unattractive official deposit rate, distrust of the stock market and wariness of a property bubble, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1449533/removing-chains-deposit-rates-will-free-capital-more
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong needs professional, not 'patriotic', pollsters

    Posted Mar 09th 2014, 04:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Shau-kee's property empire Henderson Land Development, the younger Lee said the HKU's public opinion programme- of which Chung was the director- published poll results that were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1443802/hong-kong-needs-professional-not-patriotic-pollsters
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Latest property market curbs welcome, but vigilance still needed

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Property market curbs welcome When Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah intervenes in the property market he leaves a calling card threatening to return. Once again an increasing flood of hot money has forced him to make good on his promise to do what it takes to head off a property bubble. His latest cooling measures are both necessary and appropriate. It is only ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1157218/latest-property-market-curbs-welcome-vigilance-still-needed
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Deliver flats at affordable prices

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... chief in his budget, the government has again failed to meet the annual target of 20,000 flats. Slippage in railway property developments and urban renewal projects left a shortfall of 2,000 ... changes. The location of the sites, many of which are in the New Territories, may fuel a widening gap in property prices between rural and urban locations. There are also concerns as to why ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1438911/deliver-flats-affordable-prices
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Now all John Tsang has to do is come up with a long-term fiscal plan

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... does not taste as sweet as in previous years. Waivers of public housing rents and property rates have been halved, while there will be no more electricity subsidy. It would not be surprising ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1435913/now-all-john-tsang-has-do-come-long-term-fiscal-plan
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Containers, a novel solution to pricey offices

    Posted Dec 02nd 2013, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... But the two cases speak volumes about the sorry situation of the city's runaway property market. Those representing private residential areas often have to shoulder high office rents in shopping ... "commercial considerations" as the reason. Soaring property prices and lack of space are challenges for everyone in Hong Kong. Politicians are no exception. The innovative use of cargo containers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1370529/containers-novel-solution-pricey-offices

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