Urban Decay

Approval for flats despite road noise

District councillors have reluctantly accepted a Housing Department's proposal to build a big public housing block near the former Kai Tak airport, despite concerns about noise from an adjacent road.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:10pm

Homes for elderly costly to develop

High land and construction costs and a lack of infrastructure such as hospitals and community facilities are making it more difficult to develop affordable retirement housing on the mainland, property analysts say.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

23 suspects behind car park attacks arrested

Police believe they have busted a triad gang responsible for a wave of destruction at more than a dozen car parks across Kowloon and the southern New Territories.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Plea to revive derelict SoHo buildings

People living and working in SoHo are calling on the government to make better use of old buildings left derelict by a 14-year delay to an urban redevelopment project.

Under a 1998 proposal, Staunton Street, Wa In Fong West, Wa In Fong East, Shing Wong Street and Chung Wo Lane were to be redeveloped.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

URA to recruit for new projects

The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) expects to increase its headcount over the next five years to satisfy the growing demand for skilled professionals arising from its multiple redevelopment and rehabilitation initiatives.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Don't blame Donald for Hong Kong's housing problems

In the second of a three-part series on the [former] chief executive's time in office, we look at his failure to solve the intractable problems buffeting the housing sector.

SCMP, June 29

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

House prices to be treated cautiously

There are good reasons why Leung Chun-ying campaigned under the slogan 'seeking change while preserving stability'. Having inherited a wealth of problems from the outgoing government, such as the widening income gap and unaffordable property prices, the chief executive-elect has to take on the challenges, set new targets and deliver.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ex-industrial sites chosen for public housing

Four former industrial sites have been identified for public housing use, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said yesterday.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

People in dire need

More than half of Hongkongers who live on welfare cannot afford some basic necessities.

That's according to a study by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

'We have a social safety net, but it's full of holes,' said council chief Christine Fang Meng-sang. She urged the government to increase Comprehensive Social Security Assistance payments.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

More homes urged to cater for the elderly

The incoming government should provide more housing for the elderly as a quarter of the city's population will be over 65 by 2036, says Marco Wu Moon-hoi, a former deputy director of housing.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

3,000 public housing households 'overcrowded'

Some 3,000 'overcrowded' households live in public rental housing where they have living space of less than 5.5 square metres per person, Secretary for Housing Eva Cheng said in reply to a question in the Legislative Council.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sensible approach to redevelopment

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 pushed out of districts they have called home for years to settle in far-flung places with which they have no connection.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fat of the land

For the new chief executive, here's a modest proposal for dealing with the apparently problematic HK$1.43 trillion that the government has lying around: give it to the rich.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Urgent need for officials to help elderly who endure awful conditions

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 retirement for its senior citizens, especially those with a lower income.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

URA constructing a better image

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.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am