When was the last time you walked along Des Voeux Road Central? Those of us who work in Central probably spend a fair share of our time there every working day, dodging people and obstacles on the crowded pavements.
Civic Exchange, the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, City University of Hong Kong and the MVA consultancy published a practical proposal to revitalize the Central district by turning a segment of Des Voeux Road into a green space reserved for trams and pedestrians.
The report is a practical proposal which would significantly change the image of Central and address the poor air quality in Hong Kong’s Central Business District.
Imagine a street without guard railings, kerbs or traffic signals. Pedestrians, vehicles and even bicyclists weave around another at a leisurely pace. Everyone seems to know where they are going and no one collides.
In a remarkably short-sighted move, the Yau Tsim Mong District Council has voted to remove the Sai Yeung Choi Street pedestrian zone on weekday nights, leaving it closed to cars only at weekends. It cited the numerous complaints from residents and shopkeepers.
Witnessing the vast undersupply of good street environments in Hong Kong, the author is motivated to look into features which enable good experiences, so that urban planners and policy makers can proceed from merely solving urban problems to designing for living streets.
Press Release: Civic Exchange New Report On Walkability Asks For A People-based City Planning Approach To Make Hong Kong A World Class City For Pedestrians
Civic Exchange today launched a new report entitled Walkable City, Living Streets. This report studies the walking environment in the city, draws on the best practices from overseas cities, and maps out what it takes for Hong Kong to become a world class city for pedestrians.
This report studies the walking environment in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and Ma On Shan, draws on the best practices from overseas cities, and maps out what it takes for Hong Kong to become a world class city for pedestrians.
What results have Hong Kong’s urban renewal policies produced in practice? What impact have they had on our built environment? Are they environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable? This report is a critical analysis of Hong Kong’s urban renewal policies since 2000…
Press Release: Civic Exchange New Publication: Treating the Symptomsa Critical Review of Urban Renewal in Hong Kong
Authored by Carine Lai, Civic Exchange launched today a study, titled Treating the Symptoms: A Critical Review of Urban Renewal in Hong Kong. The report is a critical analysis of Hong Kong’s urban renewal policies since 2000, with Hong Kong’s Urban Renewal Authority (URA) as the main focus but not the only one.