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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's profit-driven urban renewal policy needs a rethink

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 03:42am by CARINE LAI

    ... Carine Lai Carine Lai says the priority of our urban renewal policy needs to be shifted away from buying and selling buildings for sufficient profits Let's start again Three years ago, the Urban Renewal Authority announced a new "demand-led" strategy for urban renewal. Now, the strategy has stalled. Because of the unprofitability of small projects, ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Profit should not be overriding motive when it comes to urban renewal

    Posted May 30th 2014, 03:49am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Boost funds for urban renewal The tens of thousands of old and new buildings jammed-packed in a small city gives Hong Kong one of the most interesting cityscapes in the world. But behind the facades of many dilapidated blocks live countless households who do not have money to maintain their properties. They have to wait for the Urban Renewal Authority or private ...

  3. Comment - Letters

    Urban Renewal Authority right to pay for podium in redevelopment

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 02:47am by LETTERS

    ... on local residents in Kwun Tong redevelopment", February 28). The arrangement for the Urban Renewal Authority to undertake the construction cost of the podium for public facilities ... well-perceived tender risks, widen tender participation and protect the financial attractiveness of the tender. Angela Tang, general manager, external relations, Urban Renewal Authority ...

  4. Comment - Blogs

    What everyone is getting wrong about urbanization in China

    Posted May 09th 2014, 03:20pm by Jonathan Woetzel and Jeffrey Towson

    ... JONATHAN WOETZEL AND JEFFREY TOWSON Jonathan Woetzel is the “go-to guru” for Chinese urbanization. He is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and the co-Chair of the Urban China ... the current state of Chinese urbanization – and in particular about what people are getting wrong. Jeff: Looking at Chinese urbanization today, what are the main trends that you see? Jon: Generally, ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Urban planning must reflect Hong Kong's great need for community and open space

    Posted Jun 09th 2014, 01:34pm by Ian Brownlee

    ... Ian Brownlee Ian Brownlee says a single-minded focus on residential housing will affect Hong Kong's liveability Urban planning must reflect our great need for community and open space ... comes around, it becomes an obvious target for a housing site. Recreation and the greening of the city is being adversely affected. The density of population and buildings in our urban areas ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Long wait for UK passport renewal disrupting business travel plans

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 03:48am by LETTERS

    ... Long wait for UK passport disrupting business travel plans As a long-time British resident of Hong Kong, my experiences and exasperation with the UK passport office and its new rules are similar to R. H. T. Rogers (" Long wait for new passport unacce ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China needs sustainable funding for urban transport infrastructure boom

    Posted May 26th 2014, 03:43am by ZHIRONG JERRY ZHAO

    ... Zhirong Jerry Zhao Zhirong Jerry Zhao says too much emphasis has been on 'innovative' financial tools at local level China needs sustainable funding for urban transport ... "conventional" funding approaches that align with basic public-finance principles. Its urban infrastructure finance and transport investments in the past few decades may be characterised ...

  8. Comment - Blogs

    Restaurant reviews: Bibo and Ho Lee Fook

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 07:41pm by Jason Y Ng

    ... Jason Y Ng Bibo As the urban legend goes, a French street artist by the alias Bibo was kicking around in Hong Kong in the 1930s. He took over an abandoned office owned by the tram company and made it a secret hideout for himself and other struggling artists in the city. Some 80 years later, another Frenchman who shares the same penchant for concealed identities opened a restaurant ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Trees just the start for axe swinging needed at West Kowloon arts hub

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:21am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp It's been a sorry performance from the start, and now with greenery sacrificed to budget cuts, it’s time for the final cut at West Kowloon Keep swinging the axe at art hub after chopping trees The urban forest rivalling New York's Central Park that was to have graced the West Kowloon Cultural District is reduced to a series of lawns under ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, July 25, 2014

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by LETTERS

    ... of the Topkids kindergarten in Tin Shui Wai failing to secure a lease renewal. Then St Margaret's Girls' College had to move out of its original commercial premises on Caine Road, Sheung Wan. ...




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