[PRESS CONFERENCE] Civic Exchange to release Unopen Space research
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Civic Exchange Announces Latest Research 
"Unopened Space: Mapping Equitable Availability of Open Space in Hong Kong"


Hong Kong is one of the world’s most crowded metropolises, where population densities can reach up to 400,000 people per square kilometre in some city blocks. The average amount of open space each urban resident enjoys is behind other Asian cities like Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore.

Civic Exchange, a public policy think-tank, has conducted a year-long study into whether Hong Kong residents are getting their fair share of open space. The research has revealed that a considerable proportion of the population lives in “space-deprived” districts. Certain demographic groups such as the elderly tend to concentrate in districts where public open space is scarce.

The project was made possible through crowd-funding with more than HKD $300,000 raised in individual donations.   Carine Lai, the Civic Exchange researcher who led the project, will share the findings of the report, and make recommendations to the Government on how to improve the quantity, quality and access of public open space at a press conference.

Date: 24 February 2017, Friday
Time: 11am. Cameras can begin set-up at 10:45am.
Venue: Civic Exchange
23/F, Chun Wo Commercial Centre, 23-29 Wing Wo Street, Central

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