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Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208654

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208654.001.0001

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Stranded between Singapore’s Way and Lima’s Other Path

Stranded between Singapore’s Way and Lima’s Other Path

(p.165) 23 Stranded between Singapore’s Way and Lima’s Other Path
Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Squatter clearance everywhere is a brutal political process that generates considerable resentment. Hong Kong has dealt with it by providing resettlement in high-rise public housing blocks for affected households, but as I have discussed in this book, this provision is flawed. Since the Housing Authority requires exorbitant payments for land premiums on HOS units, the offer of an ownership unit as compensation is very unattractive. This was the situation for Tsoi Yuen Village (see Essay 22) and the North East New Territories development area. The Housing Authority unfortunately inherited these poorly conceived housing policy measures from the government in the 1960s, which have become a hindrance to development. But as the cases of Lima and Singapore have shown, there are other, more equitable, ways to deal with squatters and housing demands. Both cities have taken different approaches, but both have achieved more positive outcomes for residents and their cities.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Housing, Housing policy, Public Housing, Politics, Social mobility, Population, Economics, Growth

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