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Urban Renewal of Wan Chai : A Collision of People & Policy  
Product Ref: 06/306C Company: N/A

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Authors: P.S.Tso   Emily Ho
Wan Chai, one of the oldest districts in Hong Kong, has been appointed as one of the urban redevelopment areas in Hong Kong in 1998. The government had laid out various redevelopment plans in various sections within the district. Ever since the announcement, many community leaders, residents and town planners have expressed the fears that Wan Chai would become an "air-conditioned glass box" if the historical buildings were to be torn down to make ways for the high-rise. The government, on the other hand, had made justifications to proceed with the renewals and claimed that they have adopted a "people-oriented" approach to solve the social and cultural issues. The case illustrated the classic case of disputes between policy and people in urban renewal projects and the dilemma of urban renewal and preservation of culture and community network.
Functional Area : Economics & Business Policy

Issues: Urban renewal; urban regeneration; urban redevelopment; preservation; conservation-transformation, Controversies over urban renewal vs cultural/historical preservation; approach to urban renewal
Length: Text: 6 pages
Exhibits: 2 pages
Country: Hong Kong SAR

Pub. Year: 2006 Level of Difficulty: 1
This product type is available in the following language(s):      English
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