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  • Dear members and supporters of ABHK, As many of you know, the developer of Hopewell Center is proposing a large-scale hotel and convention development at its property between Queen’s Road East and Kennedy Road. Such development would have a massive impact on Wanchai, in particular the Kennedy Road residential neighborhood, traffic flows, roads, trees and […]

MingPao Weekly Column

Will egg tarts be the only survivors in the URA’s “Old Hong Kong”?

By Dare Koslow The latest advertising campaign from the Hong Kong Tourism Board attempts to draw visitors to the Central district with promises of a […]

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Feminism is in Fashion

Letter

Object to hotel and convention development between Queen’s Road and Kennedy Road before 4 August

Dear members and supporters of ABHK, As many of you know, the developer of Hopewell Center is proposing a large-scale hotel and convention development at […]

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