Author Archives: Mark Huppert

UW Runstad Center Fellows “Town Hall” Event, 6/7/11

Tuesday, June 7 @ 6:00 – 7:30pm Town Hall, Seattle Success | Damage Ratio: Is a Denser City a Better City? Is it possible to craft a more sustainable future by thinking differently about how we measure successes and damages? … Continue reading

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Greed and Good

During the past 30 years, the Chinese have thoughtfully reverse-engineered (from studying the Hong Kong experiment, in part) a breed of capitalism that exists to serve the common good, officially called a Socialist Market Economy with Chinese Characteristics.  Their nation’s rapid … Continue reading

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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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HSBC Tower – The New Community Center?

I literally stumbled across this most beautiful of sights today as I finished up the most amazing “trail” run between the Central MTR station and the top of Victoria Peak.    I was so awe-struck and touched by what I was seeing that I … Continue reading

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A Multi-faceted Lens

As real estate professionals, we look at the world around us through a multi-faceted lens.  Nowhere has this been more evident to me than on this trip to Hong Kong.   We have so far met with government agencies, private developers, … Continue reading

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Development Oriented Transit

There is a lot of talk in the United States, and Seattle in particular, about Transit Oriented Development or TOD.  Often times this phrase is used to describe the planning process around station area development in a new transit system build out.  This process usually … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Public Housing

Included below are links to excellent information for the Public Housing Estates of Hong Kong.  Public housing provides affordable homeownership, permanent rental, and transitional housing for over 2 million residents of Hong Kong, approximately 30% of the population.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_housing_in_Hong_Kong We … Continue reading

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