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  1. Alternative urban renewal proposal would maintain Central's wet market

    Posted Feb 01st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the area's streetscape. The proposal suggests erecting two high-rises of 18 and 23 storeys, instead of three buildings of more than 30 storeys, which is the plan of the Urban Renewal Authority. ... In an area with such rich intangible cultural heritage, we should go deeper than that.' The volunteer group is to submit its plan to the Town Planning Board today. But the Urban Renewal ...

  2. Strategy revamp on urban renewal welcome

    Posted Sep 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Urban renewal can be a complicated and controversial endeavour, particularly in a city such as Hong Kong. Most people here live in densely populated high-rises, many of which have fallen ... their properties. So it is ironic that when the Urban Renewal Authority steps in to buy up dilapidated blocks for redevelopment, it is often treated with derision by the owners. The problem lies in the way ...

  3. Balance must be struck over urban renewal

    Posted Dec 28th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... between development and preservation. There is a need for a better process, one which ensures that urban renewal can proceed in a timely manner, while giving all stakeholders a fair opportunity ... But the consequence is deadlock, confrontation and delay. Officials have a point when they say that numerous fresh proposals and constant changes of direction make urban renewal difficult. No group, no matter ...

  4. 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, ...

  5. Urban renewal chief wants to focus on big picture

    Posted Feb 11th 2007, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... Quinton Chan The Urban Renewal Authority should focus on bigger projects which can revitalise older districts, according to its managing director. Billy Lam Chung-lun said dozens of small ... of the new urban renewal strategy, which will be drafted later this year with the government. The Urban Renewal Authority was set up in 2001 to implement a renewal programme consisting of 200 new ...

  6. Community input vital for effective urban renewal

    Posted Aug 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An appeal to the government to make it easier to force the sale of properties slated for redevelopment is a reminder that urban renewal in Hong Kong is lagging other big cities. Urban ... the establishment of the Urban Renewal Authority four years ago has even added to the problems, by encouraging owners of some old buildings not to spend money on renovations in the hope their properties ...

  7. From subsidised homes to urban renewal

    Posted Jun 05th 2006, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... under the scheme, which was suspended in December 1998 in the face of depreciating property prices. The society is now mainly involved in urban renewal, housing for the elderly and building ... rental flats at affordable prices to the public. In the 1970s, the society began to participate in urban redevelopment projects after the government set up the Housing Authority to oversee ...

  8. Strike the right balance in urban renewal plan

    Posted Mar 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to believe that buildings completed over the past two decades should remain perfectly habitable when they are 40 years old. For too long, Hong Kong people have equated urban renewal with urban ... Faced with persistent demands from the property sector to further facilitate urban redevelopment, the government has proposed making it easier for developers to force the sale ...

  9. Waiving goodbye to the problems associated with urban renewal

    Posted Jan 20th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'Financing arrangements will be put in place for the implementation of urban renewal projects. These include waiver of land premiums for urban renewal ... an eye when the owners are not happy to sell. Although public officials may not yet have devised a more specific way of targeting the moribund buildings they have in mind for urban renewal ...

  10. 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 ...




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