While Hong Kong has dropped down the liveability rankings compared to other global cities, recent events suggest that trend could soon reverse itself. A small but significant change of direction in ‘perceived liveability’ and greater trust in government are welcome news.
The Kowloon-Canton Railway was once considered a ‘white elephant’ by the public too, but the officials of the day knew that it was a necessary investment for Hong Kong’s economic future.
The suggestion that Hongkongers move to the Greater Bay Area and commute to the city ignores the disparity in legal institutions, political rights and social services among cities in the region.
The government’s interventionist approach to cooling the property market has not been effective
Public scepticism about the Hong Kong government’s push for home ownership is well founded, as the public and private sectors serve different needs, and should be treated separately
Benny Tai Yiu-ting's Occupy Central campaign has provoked heated discussions in the local community. Supporters are confident that the campaign will aid the struggle for universal suffrage, and even enhance civil society in Hong Kong while raising awareness of the rule of law.