Monthly Archives: March 2011

Land Policy in Hong Kong and GDP

One of the most striking observations of  Hong Kong is how such a fiercely capitalistic real estate market can co-exist with nearly complete government ownership of the underlying land base.  As discussed in prior posts, the land “business model” is for government … Continue reading

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Conservation via Facebook

In Hong Kong there is an abundance of buildings, concrete, and neon flashy lights.  It is a case study in extreme urbanism.   In order to care about our planet, the environment, and a sustainable built environment, one has to know … Continue reading

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simple signs

The Hong Kong subway system does many things right. One of them is signage. At every station, there is a neighborhood map that shows all the exits on the street grid, with a letter name for each exit: A, B, … Continue reading

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Tales from the Private Side

Our final day of organized meetings in Hong Kong featured more extensive interaction with with decision makers from the private-sector.  Government plays a much greater role in real estate development in Hong Kong than in the U.S. as it owns the … Continue reading

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Another retail strategy

Hong Kong is full of tiny pedestrian lanes, maybe 10-15 feet wide. Half of the space or more is taken up with street vendor stalls, leaving 3-4 feet for pedestrians to walk. On a busy Sunday afternoon, this makes for … Continue reading

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Mass Transit Scores an A+ in Hong Kong

After 4 days of traveling on the Hong Kong transit system I can honestly say that the experience has been amazing. First off, it’s often a daunting task just to figure out how to use the subway system in foreign … Continue reading

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Retail Tetris

It seems like Katlin and I both went to bed with retail on our minds. In Seattle, suggesting even second-floor retail in a mixed-use project can make developers and lenders uneasy. Yesterday as we toured the Wan Chai neighborhood, Scott remarked … Continue reading

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