Quality not Quantity Makes Urban Liveability
Singapore and Vancouver can create liveable cities, where quality of life counts. Why can’t Hong Kong?
Barry Wilson says while the policy visions of places such as Edinburgh, Vancouver and Singapore involved public discussion and include clear goals, Hong Kong 2030 Plus centres around infrastructure and fails to account for technological change.
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The speed of current technological change has no historical precedent and is disrupting almost every industry around the world. The 2030 Plus plan fails to identify and respond to the paradigm shift arriving with automated transport, for instance, and inadequately references the implications of increased integration with the mainland towards 2047.
The plan exists in isolation from the development of the Greater Bay Area, yet back in 2007, when the original Hong Kong 2030 Planning Vision and Strategy was released, population change, integration and technology shifts were all highlighted as key issues. What got lost in the intervening 10 years?
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