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Old June 24th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #1801
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Manila has same problem like Turkey ...
lots of ppl slum ... so need more modern and comfortable buildings so destroy shanty ...
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Old June 25th, 2007, 05:09 AM   #1802
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^ Mumbai also needs to solve its slum problems first before more skyscrapers can take over the landscape.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 05:56 AM   #1803
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That was the kind of view you will see when you land in HK before Chek Lap Kok.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 06:41 AM   #1804
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That was the kind of view you will see when you land in HK before Chek Lap Kok.
That is Kai Tak's old runway. You won't see that during the approach to Chek Lap Kok these days. You might get a quick glimpse of it if you sit on the left side of the plane and the approach is from the west over Tseung Kwan O, Shatin, and Tsuen Wan.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 07:18 AM   #1805
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That is Kai Tak's old runway. You won't see that during the approach to Chek Lap Kok these days. You might get a quick glimpse of it if you sit on the left side of the plane and the approach is from the west over Tseung Kwan O, Shatin, and Tsuen Wan.
Sorry i meant to say before Chek Lap Kok was completed.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 09:03 AM   #1806
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Here is a view of Kai Tak during takeoff heading east.

In another decade perhaps this view will drastically change and a skyline will be formed.





Next time when I sit on the other side of the plane perhaps I can snap a few skyline pictures from above.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 12:01 PM   #1807
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Everything just looks different around Kai-tak. Before you can't build high-rise there today, there are several high-rise developments around the area.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 12:16 PM   #1808
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Everything just looks different around Kai-tak. Before you can't build high-rise there today, there are several high-rise developments around the area.
Change has happened fairly slowly around Kai Tak though, but in the past few years, there has been a huge push to redevelop Kowloon Bay into an alternative business district whereby non-essential functions can be sent out of Central. While industrial properties are easy to tear down since manufacturing has long relocated to China, the residential areas remain hard to demolish due to expropriation concerns. Lack of a concrete plan to bring heavy rail to the Kai Tak area is going to limit how much can be razed and rebuilt in the short term.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 07:24 AM   #1809
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Change has happened fairly slowly around Kai Tak though, but in the past few years, there has been a huge push to redevelop Kowloon Bay into an alternative business district whereby non-essential functions can be sent out of Central. While industrial properties are easy to tear down since manufacturing has long relocated to China, the residential areas remain hard to demolish due to expropriation concerns. Lack of a concrete plan to bring heavy rail to the Kai Tak area is going to limit how much can be razed and rebuilt in the short term.
Wasn't there a plan for the MTR to have it's rail pass through Kai-Tak?
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Old June 26th, 2007, 10:19 AM   #1810
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Wasn't there a plan for the MTR to have it's rail pass through Kai-Tak?
That is not an MTR plan. The most recent rail line proposal was to have KCR build a railway from Shatin to Central via Kai Tak.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 06:21 AM   #1811
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That is not an MTR plan. The most recent rail line proposal was to have KCR build a railway from Shatin to Central via Kai Tak.


My bad its the KCR. But this was supposed to be the plan of what HK's rail system will look like several years from now. If Kai-Tak is going to redevelop, they sure would need a railway line through it.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 07:10 AM   #1812
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My bad its the KCR. But this was supposed to be the plan of what HK's rail system will look like several years from now. If Kai-Tak is going to redevelop, they sure would need a railway line through it.
That is a 'wishful thinking' plan, not an actual implementation plan. The light green line is nowhere near the drawing board. They've only built the spur line to Lok Ma Chau from Sheung Shui and adding buses to the NW NT from there upon opening of the new Shenzhen Western Corridor next month. The brown line extension from Tai Wai to Central is in the works, but the alignment is still under discussion. The TKO line extension south is proposed but won't be built yet. That whole plot of land down there is virtually empty at this point. The West Island Line loop (purple) is still under discussion as the station alignments are still being discussed. The orange line extension to Tung Chung west is still up in the air.

That map is nowhere near what we'll get in a few years.

The skyline's development won't be evident from looking at what is being built or what will be built. While there should be a big cluster around Kai Tak, the focus right now is Kowloon Bay to Kwun Tong behind it. Western shores of HK Island is not likely going to see a huge skyscraper boom as expropriation is time-consuming and expensive. TheLok Ma Chau spur line passes through countryside and will stay that way since developers don't want to build so far away from the city, especially with much cheaper Shenzhen real estate within viewing distance.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 05:53 AM   #1813
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Kwun Tong is a development to look for. There was even a plan to build an 80 storie scraper which was designed by Peter Pran.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #1814
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Kwun Tong is a development to look for. There was even a plan to build an 80 storie scraper which was designed by Peter Pran.
That plan was never realistic to begin with. In the past few years, there have been a lot of rumblings within the local population that scores of redeveloped or new tall buildings are blocking air flow into the city, especially since many are located alongside waterfront areas. There are several threads in the Hong Kong section about these 'skyscraper walls'. Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay are not likely going to evolve into another skyscraper wall given these developments.
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That railway plan is ridiculous. They should merely add to existing lines, not break them up.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 11:55 AM   #1816
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Shenzhen's skyline is fairly large, and the sea of skyscrapers extend quite far out :









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1/7/2007... Happy 10th Anniversary, Hong Kong!
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The 2-IFC looks nice doesn't need those hardcore lighting effects.
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Old July 3rd, 2007, 05:30 AM   #1820
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