Hong Kong must increase public housing, but mind the ‘wall effect’
I am writing in response to the article, “Hong Kong government pledges more support for Urban Renewal Authority if it helps with subsidised housing shortage” (July 24).
Hong Kong has a housing crisis, so increasing land area earmarked for residential use and financial support for subsidised housing are not unwarranted. However, we should not neglect overall quality of life issues. Lower-income Hongkongers need more housing support, so the government’s policy is welcome. But urban planning must be such that the skyscrapers thus built do not become a windscreen around our city, and aggravate the “wall effect”.
If tall buildings block off air flow, pollutants would become trapped and increase the temperature, as well as trigger respiratory diseases.
When building subsidised housing, the government should not forget to foster the connection between the urban and the natural by leaving some green spaces open for public appreciation of the environment.
Vanessa Wong, Kwai Chung