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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. '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 ...

  4. Urgent need for officials to help elderly who endure awful conditions

    Posted Mar 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... I refer to Lisa Wong's letter ('World-class city should not allow its elderly to languish in helpless indignity', March 3). It is not breaking news to anyone in this city that Hong Kong has long neglected its duty to provide a dignified ret ...

  5. The great divide

    Posted Feb 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Manreet Sodhi Someshwar Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Random House In 2011, India was in the throes of an anti-corruption movement headed by a Gandhian leader named Anna Hazare. The campaign stirred a middle class noted for its political ...

  6. Low-cost housing is no answer to mainland's economic prayers

    Posted Feb 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland The optimists who believe the mainland will glide to a cyclical soft landing invariably point to its massive programme of social housing construction to support their argument that Beijing can succeed in maintaining rapid growth while tackling ...

  7. Sensible approach to redevelopment

    Posted Apr 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... In Hong Kong, urban redevelopment evokes the images of haphazard, insensitive and profit-oriented business ventures. With meagre compensation, residents in run-down buildings are often ... Following a flat-for-flat compensation approach in a Ma Tau Wai project last month, the Urban Renewal Authority announced three projects under the first 'demand-led' redevelopment scheme, ...

  8. Timely rethink on urban renewal strategy

    Posted Mar 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Urban Renewal Authority is considering giving residents a say in the fate of their old neighbourhoods, rather than dictating a redevelopment plan to them. This is sensible. While some ... are going to flare up from time to time. Perhaps it is also time for the URA to take a step back to reflect on its role in the urban renewal process. Instead of being the spearhead of redevelopment, ...

  9. Residents rally over delays to SoHo street works plan

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Scarlett Chiang Residents in SoHo took to the streets yesterday to protest over continued delays to the redevelopment of Staunton and Wing Lee streets as the government and a leading property developer fight over the use of a piece of land in the area. He ...

  10. URA constructing a better image

    Posted Mar 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The Urban Renewal Authority has had an image problem, often being likened to a bulldozer that colludes with property developers. Under a revised strategy, it is beginning to pay attention to the needs of residents and shopkeepers of areas being revitalised and it is slowly changing perceptions. The implementation of its flat-for-flat option, as an alternative to cash compensation, ...




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