Alliance For a Beautiful Hong Kong

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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

Open Universities and Closed Shopping Malls

By John Batten This week, I consider two places. Our universities offer an optimistic chance for inclusive community summer activities. Whereas, the Urban Renewal Authority’s […]

‘Not Another PMQ’

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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By Waltraut Ritter Hong Kong is, like most other cities in the world, currently developing her own strategy to use technology to make the city more liveable for citizens. But what exactly is a Smart City? The Policy Address is rather vague about it, just mentioning doubling free Wi-Fi hotspots across the city. The excitement about providing free Wi-Fi can be compared to the time when city planners got excited...Read on

By John Batten This week, I consider two places. Our universities offer an optimistic chance for inclusive community summer activities. Whereas, the Urban Renewal Authority’s development of historic Lee Tung Street is a failure of planning. I visited the Master’s of Fine Arts graduation exhibition at The Chinese University of Hong Kong a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful summer day and perfect for a walk in the gardens...Read on

By Ken Borthwick In parts of the Pok Fu Lam district in the south-west part of Hong Kong Island can be found buildings and other remains of what was a hugely important Hong Kong enterprise, the Hong Kong Dairy Farm. Some of the remains are readily accessible while others are more off the beaten track, which has aided their survival to this day. The Dairy Farm Company was incorporated in...Read on

by John Batten PMQ has been in the news recently. Its operator, the non-profit organization, the Musketeers Foundation – supported by the Hong Kong Design Centre, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Design Institute of the Vocational Training Council – was chosen by the government to operate the site as a “creative industries landmark.” News reports focused on links that businessman Victor Lo, Chairman of Hong Kong Stock...Read on

By Anthony Kilias Why should Hong Kongers care about conservation? In a city that seems beholden to the desires of property developers, it seems to be a futile concern. Besides, there are many issues seemingly of more pressing importance – take, for example, the city’s perennial housing crisis, the exploitation of foreign workers, or the fast-growing gap between the rich and the poor – that could make us want to...Read on

By John Batten The ‘do not cross’ police line tape, green tarpaulin on the road, two cops standing nearby, and as I walked closer they both looked high into the sky towards the shiny building’s roofline. In my years living in Hong Kong I had never seen this scene. “Fallen from height,” is probably the official police terminology for a suicide like this. When I asked the building’s security guard...Read on

By Ken Borthwick Two weeks ago saw the tragic collapse of part of the western end of the old Married Inspectors’ Quarters at the former Central Police Station on Hollywood Road, which were built between 1862 and 1864 and was one of the oldest buildings in the compound. We do not know the cause of the collapse but it is important that a proper report be prepared to determine the...Read on

By John Batten The concrete plant boxes seen in the photograph (below) is a common sight around Wah Fu Estate in Pokfulam, and similar-era public estates in Hong Kong. These plant boxes are overly bulky and the plants and trees are uncomfortably squeezed into the unlikely shaped six-sided boxes. However, their familiarity, always sitting there year-after-year, is comforting. They never change and are regularly repainted with care using the appropriate...Read on