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  1. Tackling urban decay

    Posted Feb 07th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the Concrete Analysis column headlined 'Paper on building maintenance ducks issue' (January 28). This constructs a correct conclusion to a problem that came into sharp focus with the Sars outbreak last year. The Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau's continual fudging will lead to further urban decay. The problem is exacerbated by banks' frugal ...

  2. Police bust drug gang linked to triad society

    Posted Jun 14th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Police officers have smashed a drug syndicate linked to a triad society in Yuen Long and arrested 19 people, including the gang's alleged ringleader. During the two-day operation, police found a small amount of drugs including a pack o ...

  3. More flats to cater for needs of elderly

    Posted Jun 09th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai Research shows a growing need for above-average housing for the aged The Housing Society will provide more quality flats for the elderly after a study highlighted a strong demand for such accommodation. The University of Hong Kong study, which t ...

  4. Lease is the word

    Posted Dec 01st 2004, 12:00am by Clifford Coonan

    ... Clifford Coonan Rents are holding firm thanks to rising expatriate numbers, but concerns are also growing about whether expectations are realistic Despite the economic boom and rising prices for new homes, Beijing?s rental market is not yet taking off. Th ...

  5. End 'uncivilised' evictions of homeowners, Beijing demands

    Posted Jun 16th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... infringe on the legitimate rights of urban homeowners, they instigate mass protests and destabilise society.' The circular said local governments should stop redevelopment and evictions ...

  6. Wedding Card Street 'could last 30 years'

    Posted Feb 11th 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Architects and town planners have rejected a claim by the Urban Renewal Authority that Wedding Card Street in Wan Chai must be bulldozed because it is too run down. They say ... MacDonald, director of planning and urban design at Urbis consultants, said the authority's plan reflected a 'fundamental failure to understand what urban renewal means'. Town-planner ...

  7. 'It's a thankless job. And we are paid to be blamed'

    Posted Apr 05th 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Caught between politicians and flat owners, workers at the Urban Renewal Authority find their task hard going, writes Polly Hui Stephen Ng Chin-ming's eyes narrow as he stares ... the building or sell it to us, for sentimental reasons,' said Mr Ng, district development director at the Urban Renewal Authority (URA). But the four-storey block is just one of the thousands ...

  8. Urban renewal needs flexible approach

    Posted Feb 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Urban renewal projects anywhere always have the potential to be controversial. Homes are often more than just real estate, and neighbourhoods are repositories of history and culture. ... as Wedding Card Street- in Wan Chai. No wonder the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) is reviewing its strategy for the dozen or so projects set to begin over the next few years- and the remaining 200 ...

  9. But elsewhere, slum residents are crying out for help

    Posted Feb 09th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai While residents and shopkeepers in Lee Tung Street may be resisting the efforts of the Urban Renewal Authority, tenants in some rundown districts are crying out for help. One ... in its urban renewal projects, but we know they are not interested in it because it has no value.' ...

  10. Rotten deal

    Posted Mar 27th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... C.K. Lau It is time we called a halt to the sorry saga of using taxpayers' money to renew decaying urban areas. Instead of continuing with its money-losing exercise of buying up ... and its predecessor the Land Development Corporation- was set up to deal with urban decay in areas where market forces are incapable of halting the deterioration or triggering renewal. In many run ...




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