Services, staff, standards: a glimpse of an NGO’s struggles when combating homelessness
Land & Housing

Services, staff, standards: a glimpse of an NGO’s struggles when combating homelessness

As Hong Kong has seen substantial and consistent growth in the number of street sleepers over the last decade, the government is urged to examine…

A kingdom in jeopardy: Southern District Council’s quest to preserve Aberdeen’s famed floating restaurant
HT Series

A kingdom in jeopardy: Southern District Council’s quest to preserve Aberdeen’s famed floating restaurant

Part one of this Harbour Times exclusive series explores the unclear future of iconic floating restaurant Jumbo Kingdom, and the downfalls of Hong Kong’s policy…

Cultural development projects in West Kowloon approaches finale
Land & Housing

Cultural development projects in West Kowloon approaches finale

Funding and land approval from LegCo lets West Kowloon begin the final stages of development for two significant projects: the ‘Artist Square Bridge’ and ‘Integrated…

Think tank urges the government to put Hong Kong’s inequality on the agenda
Finance & Budget

Think tank urges the government to put Hong Kong’s inequality on the agenda

A business group’s report directly addresses inequality in Hong Kong; it suggests that the government should do the same.

Op-Ed: Policy Address doesn’t deliver bold land reform desperately needed now
Land & Housing

Op-Ed: Policy Address doesn’t deliver bold land reform desperately needed now

Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s 2019 Policy Address doesn’t cut at the core of Hong Kong’s housing woes, proving the government fails to understand the property…

Half a century after the fact, courts uphold ding rights
Land & Housing

Half a century after the fact, courts uphold ding rights

Hong Kong’s High Court finally decided that it is constitutional for male indigenous villagers to build three-storey houses in the New Territories once in their…

Tiny flats ‘a necessary evil’ for some, the first step on the ladder for others
Land & Housing

Tiny flats ‘a necessary evil’ for some, the first step on the ladder for others

Good enough for Bruce Willis (in The Fifth Element), good enough for Hong Kong? Tiny flats in the future. Flats in Hong Kong are only…

Lawmakers propose to limit Link Reit’s rent increases
Land & Housing

Lawmakers propose to limit Link Reit’s rent increases

Hong Kong lawmakers are proposing an amendment to ordinances to limit rent increases for stores in malls managed by the Link Reit, Asia’s largest real…

Hong Kong housing market: The new unaffordability
Land & Housing

Hong Kong housing market: The new unaffordability

Hong Kong not only remains the least affordable housing market in the world, but it has now set a new record. Hong Kong has now…

Everyone loves reclamation! Except they don’t – East Lantau Reclamation
Land & Housing

Everyone loves reclamation! Except they don’t – East Lantau Reclamation

A government-appointed body cites public support as a solution to Hong Kong’s dire housing problem in a recent report. But a local research group says…

New Case Shines Light on Small House Policy
Land & Housing

New Case Shines Light on Small House Policy

The High Court is set, for the first time, to hear a judicial review launched against the rights of rural villagers to build houses in…

Hong Kongers say: Give us room to breathe (and play!)
Land & Housing

Hong Kongers say: Give us room to breathe (and play!)

Hong Kongers want better open space that can be used for more purposes and equipped with different amenities, according to a survey by a local…

Greens question the need for massive reclamation ‘Vision’
Land & Housing

Greens question the need for massive reclamation ‘Vision’

By Chermaine Lee With property prices still breaking records this year and given the excruciatingly long queues for public housing, housing and land supply has…

Hiding in plain sight: Land for Hong Kong development
Land & Housing

Hiding in plain sight: Land for Hong Kong development

Photo credit: Liber Research Community. Five land parcels near Hung Hom promenade laid idle.  While the Hong Kong government has reiterated that the city is…

East Lantau Metropolis: White knight or white elephant?
Land & Housing

East Lantau Metropolis: White knight or white elephant?

Local think tank Our Hong Kong Foundation (OHKF) proposes a 2,200-hectare artificial island east of Lantau Island to solve the severe land shortage problem in…

To-tally Kwa Wan-derful:  Urban Renewal in To Kwa Wan
Land & Housing

To-tally Kwa Wan-derful: Urban Renewal in To Kwa Wan

One of the few districts in Kowloon yet to be rejuvenated, To Kwa Wan is soon to undergo changes as the Urban Renewal Authority (URA)…

3 little housing policies: Ms Lam will huff and puff and blow those prices down
Land & Housing

3 little housing policies: Ms Lam will huff and puff and blow those prices down

To address Hong Kong’s dire housing crisis, the Executive Council held a special meeting on Thursday to discuss three housing policies, and passed them all….

Anybody home?! No? TAX!: Hong Kong’s imminent Vacancy Tax
Land & Housing

Anybody home?! No? TAX!: Hong Kong’s imminent Vacancy Tax

As unaffordable housing continues to trouble many in the city, the Hong Kong government may announce this month a much-anticipated – and much-debated – vacancy…

Hong Kong is not alone: Widespread calls for public housing around the world
Land & Housing

Hong Kong is not alone: Widespread calls for public housing around the world

As the world’s population grows at an exploding rate, people flock to cities for better opportunities, adding housing pressures to the metropolises. Hong Kong is…

Your land is my land: The LRO’s biggest fans may understand it the least
Land & Housing

Your land is my land: The LRO’s biggest fans may understand it the least

Policymakers and advocates are urging the government to invoke the Lands Resumption Ordinance (LRO) to annex land held by developers, reportedly some 1,000 hectares of…

Public-private partnership suggested to address Hong Kong’s land issue
Land & Housing

Public-private partnership suggested to address Hong Kong’s land issue

With plenty of land in the New Territories held in the hands of the developers, the government is proposing to work with them to get…

Creative land use is key in face of housing shortage
Land & Housing

Creative land use is key in face of housing shortage

Land supply researchers say there’s no lack of land in Hong Kong. Rather, the problem is the lack of creative thinking for effective use of…

Failed abroad, to fail in Hong Kong? New tax on vacant homes of uncertain impact

In a city where housing situation has been a nightmare for many, the government is looking to an alternative to stamp duty to alleviate the…

New land supply proposal eyes Tuen Mun port
Land & Housing

New land supply proposal eyes Tuen Mun port

Finding sites for housing projects is one of the key tasks for the Hong Kong government to tackle the increasingly dire housing problem in the…

350,000 people could be housed in New Territories North, government study finds
Land & Housing

350,000 people could be housed in New Territories North, government study finds

Up to 350,000 people could live in one of Hong Kong’s untouched frontiers, spanning Lok Ma Chau, San Tin and Ping Che, a consultant’s study…

Renters and landlords: GIMMEE A BREAK!
Finance & Budget

Renters and landlords: GIMMEE A BREAK!

The lack of focus on real estate problems in the latest budget seems to have annoyed some Hong Kong citizens. Hong Kong’s 2017-18 Budget revealed…

Views Divided on HK’s Housing Crisis Solution
Land & Housing

Views Divided on HK’s Housing Crisis Solution

The housing crisis in Hong Kong: Can’t live without ‘em, can’t buy ‘em. Data released by Hong Kong’s The Rating and Valuation Department last month indicated…

Eagle or bogey on housing policy: building on golf courses
Land & Housing

Eagle or bogey on housing policy: building on golf courses

Once again, Hong Kong housing planners are casting covetous eyes on the wide open spaces of the city’s golf courses.  Specifically, the 170-hectare golf course…

Waterfront gem could fetch $75billion, but fail to impress
Land & Housing

Waterfront gem could fetch $75billion, but fail to impress

The government sale of a prime Central waterfront property could fetch billions – and be an uninspired mess when it is built. (Photo credit: Benoy…

Bitcoin tumbles as Hong Kong finance regulator issues warning
Land & Housing

Bitcoin tumbles as Hong Kong finance regulator issues warning

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has recently published a circular that warns investors to be extra careful when dealing with bitcoin futures and…