As the convenor of the Central and Western Concern Group, established a decade ago with fellow activist John Batten, Katty Law Ngar-ning has worked hard to preserve areas of Hong Kong where she grew up.
Over the years, she has campaigned with Batten to save a number of areas in Central and Western, including Wing Lee Street and the former Hollywood Road police married quarters, now known as PMQ.
She has been involved with developing the community around The Peak and is also very keen to see the preservation of archaeological treasures from the Song dynasty (960-1279) that were unearthed recently at To Kwa Wan during construction work by the MTR Corporation.
"People gathered there hundreds of years ago, they farmed there. These artefacts actually show how the area developed. It's really valuable. There are other examples of rail stations that also have a museum incorporated into them," she says.
Her deep community involvement stems from a lifetime in the city. Born in Prince Edward, Kowloon, both her parents were teachers.
"They instilled in me the values you would expect from teachers. Being very hard-working; study being very important; contributing to the community. And both my parents are very concerned about social justice."
Law moved to Hong Kong Island at the age of three to an area she still loves, despite what she calls the gentrification of SoHo and the encroachment of high-rises in the area.
Sitting on steps on George's Lane off Staunton Street, Law chats about the Hungry Ghost Festival, an event to honour ancestors that reflects traditional Chinese beliefs that restless spirits roam the earth.
Law seems to knows everyone involved: "Mr Wong" who runs the organising committee for the festival; the elderly ladies who sit in the community office busily preparing paper offerings; others sorting out the bags of rice to be given to the elderly who will queue up for their festival bonus.
Law knew the man who used to make the main ghost king, huge at five metres tall, from vibrant coloured paper and cardboard. He died last year, and now the king will be made in a factory by artisans.
She remembers a much more colourful Bridges Street and Staunton Street, when the pavement was lively with hawkers and small mom-and-pop grocery stores. They've been boarded up, part of a three-storey tenement that won't last long.
Law, 47, is married to a doctor, and the couple have two teenaged children.
She and Batten have been less than impressed with how the PMQ has been developed. Batten envisaged a cha chaan teng, or tea restaurant, and local shops. Instead there are brand-name chain stores and huge restaurants taking up entire floors.
Law criticises the government for its lack of transparency and says heritage discoveries are often interfered with before proper surveys can be carried out.
But Law sees hope in the fact that young people are becoming interested in heritage and setting up their own concern groups.
The heritage community no longer consists of the same old faces, she says. "Now in every district you have a concern group. It's great."