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Old October 30th, 2005, 02:40 PM   #1
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HONG KONG [19] Wan Chai's Redevelopment Woes

While Wan Chai is one of Hong Kong's key financial districts, many areas have aged and await redevelopment. However, redevelopment has come with controversy. Many local residents oppose plans to relocate them to other districts, while conservationists have voiced opposition to razing some architectural landmarks in the area.

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A lot of the older areas earmarked for redevelopment lie along the tramline, which marks the old waterfront. This area is very far inland now after decades of reclamation.





















However, this is Hong Kong. A district will always have some newly developed skyscrapers.







On this street, local residents have put up banners protesting the relocation. They demand housing in the immediate area.









The government's ownership signs are everywhere along this street. However, some shops are still open in defiance.


















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Old October 30th, 2005, 03:01 PM   #2
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@hkskyline,

great thread as usual, much appreciated
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Old October 30th, 2005, 03:43 PM   #3
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IMO, I think redevelopment is a good thing as it regenerates life is areas which need it. My only concern is how they treat people living in buildings which they want to raze. Also, I think historic structures should be protected- especially the old colonial buildings which are a memory of Hong Kong's rich, cultural heritage.
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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:49 PM   #4
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haha is that Shawn Yue's new song? love the pics as always :-)
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Old October 31st, 2005, 09:47 AM   #5
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Great pics again!

And I agree with raymond.
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Old November 5th, 2005, 01:19 AM   #6
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Residents Lose Control of Wedding Card Street
5 November 2005
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A dozen former and current residents of Wedding Card Street gathered there for the last time yesterday as it reverted to government land at midnight.

"We are very sad. We will stay here tonight as it is the final moment where we still own the land. In a few hours, the entire street will be the government's property," said Kam Fok Lai-ching, a representative of the H15 Concern Group.

From today, the government has 28 days to make a final offer to die-hard residents who refuse to move out of the old buildings to allow the wrecking crews to move in. After that, they may be forcibly evicted.

Mrs Lam would not say how long they would hold out or whether they would fight any eviction.

The Lands Department gazetted the resumption order for land in Lee Tung Street - as it is properly known - on August 5, allowing it to take over properties from owners who refuse to sell to the Urban Renewal Authority. When the government issued the order, the authority owned 80 per cent of property rights. It now has 92 per cent in its hands.

The old buildings will be replaced by residential high-rises with shops on the ground floor.

Steve Chan Yiu-fai, a Wan Chai district councillor, said it was wrong for the government to think that every old community would accept redevelopment.

"We hope the authority can learn from the unhappy experience of Wedding Card Street that it is wrong to use the same redevelopment model on every community," he said. "In Kwun Tong, many eagerly want redevelopment, but here in Wan Chai many want to stay."

He said a booklet called The Street Newspaper would be published to document the struggle in the neighbourhood over the past two years. A total of 15,000 copies have been printed and will be distributed to Wan Chai residents, government officials and legislators.

Another Wan Chai district councillor, Maryann King Pui-wai, hoped the government would be more sensitive to the needs of different neighbourhoods in future urban renewal projects.

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