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  1. Urban planner doubts traffic woes will be eased for Games

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

    ... the city will remain congested long after the torch has gone out. Liang Wei, head of the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Tsinghua University, believes the problems might be more complicated. 'Traffic will remain a big headache, and urban planning will not work effectively unless government functions are moved outside the city to suburbs and satellite towns,' Mr Liang said. Wang ...

  2. Wedding Card Street 'could last 30 years'

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

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. '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 ...

  5. Shamshuipo slum clearance to cost $2.58 billion

    Posted May 01st 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... a $400 million loss on the project. The four urban renewal projects will provide 1,000 residential flats, 11,000 square metres of retail space and 2,200 square metres of community facilities ... of the four projects- which are in close proximity to each other- at the same time, can speed up urban redevelopment in the district and improve the living environment as a whole,' said Francis ...

  6. Urban renewal review 'unfair to flat owners'

    Posted Nov 01st 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Don't penalise us for evicting tenants in targeted areas, tycoon's property firm says It would be unfair for the Urban Renewal Authority to penalise flat owners for removing their tenants in areas due for redevelopment, a property company controlled by tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung says. Yuen Fung Investment, which told tenants of Yue Man Mansion last month ...

  7. Town planners will thoroughly scrutinise hub

    Posted Nov 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or profit?' by Yeung Sum. There is no question of the West Kowloon Cultural District project being allowed to bypass the scrutiny of the Town Planning Board. The board has already been involved at various stages of the planning process and will be in future. The board is involved in three key stages of the project. In the first stage, the zoning of the site as 'other specified ...

  8. 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 dilapidated dwellings, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) should stop begging unwilling owners to accept its offers. What is the point of the authority playing the role of an unwelcome do-gooder when ...

  9. Authority moves into the black

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui The Urban Renewal Authority has entered the black for the first time since it was set up three years ago as it has started receiving income from its redevelopment projects. It had a net asset value of $989.4 million in the 2003-04 financial year, despite accumulating a net liability of $935.5 million in the previous year, according to its annual report released last ...

  10. Urban growth must be balanced, study warns

    Posted Sep 17th 2004, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... in the mainland's 660 cities. To deal with the exploding urban population, Professor Lian said city planners should change from the decade-old single-city-centre approach in urban planning ... such as traffic congestion and inefficient use of water resources. He said poor urban planning and misallocation of public resources created most of these problems. ...




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