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Diversity and Occasional AnarchyOn Deep Economic and Social Contradictions in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139446

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139446.001.0001

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Diversity and Occasional Anarchy: The Key to a Great City

Diversity and Occasional Anarchy: The Key to a Great City

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Diversity and Occasional Anarchy
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139446.003.0009

Jane Jacobs’ (1916-2006) observations of economic life in big cities challenged and modified the way the world sees cities. This chapter explores what we can learn from her work for Hong Kong and other East Asian cities. Her observations offer new insights into why a diverse combination of land uses might not necessarily lead to chaos or confusion. In this chapter, the author expresses his opinions and criticisms regarding the recent development of urban areas in Hong Kong and some East Asian cities.

Keywords:   Economic life, Social processes, Big cities, Hong Kong, China, Economy, Policies, East Asian cities

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