On Hong Kong’s 20th handover anniversary, Civic Exchange looks at the changes the city has experienced in the past two decades and puts forward a number of recommendations.
The Hong Kong Government has set out a planning vision and strategy for the city, reaching to the year 2030 and beyond. The public is encouraged to give their own opinions until the deadline of 30 April. Here are Civic Exchange’s views and recommendations.
Hong Kong Free Press: Civic Exchange has found that urban Hongkongers enjoy less than half as much open space as residents of other Asian metropolises, such as Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.
More Than 1.8 Million Hongkongers Don’t Have Enough Open Space for Recreation, Local Think Tank Says
South China Morning Post: Civic Exchange urges government to develop more plots to ensure everyone benefits from the new target.
“Mapping Equitable Availability of Open Space in Hong Kong” takes a first step in analysing data to quantify inequalities in communal spaces.
South China Morning Post: Maura Wong, CEO of Civic Exchange, is heartened by the pledge announced in the chief executive’s policy address to ensure our urban planning is pedestrian friendly.
Civic Exchange Welcomes Government Embrace of Walkability, but Urges Caution on Development and Infrastructure
Civic Exchange, welcomed the fact that walkability – one of our main areas of focus – was addressed directly and specifically in the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Policy Address. However, Civic Exchange also expressed concern with the Chief Executive’s emphasis on land development and rezoning.
This report, the culmination of two years’ research, includes an assessment tool designed for Hong Kong, and studies of five neighbourhoods.
Civic Exchange is introducing a new program to advocate on behalf of pedestrians in the city. The goal of WALKABILITY is to encourage the government and businesses to take a people-first approach to urban planning.
This report highlights the main themes addressed by the 156 speakers of the Walk21 Hong Kong conference in October 2016.