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Where To Find Hong Kong’s Single Family Homes

Our group had a few conversations throughout the trip about Hong Kong’s famously tiny, sky-high and dense living spaces. As we rode out to the New Territories to visit the Ching Ho Public Housing Estate, mesmerized by the sight of … Continue reading

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Transit Oriented Commercial Development

During our 4-hour layover in Hong Kong on the way home from Vietnam, Katlin and I decided to squeeze in one last look at the city. We bought round-trip tickets on the Airport Express train ($90 HK/about $11 US) and … 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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Dynamics of Dinner

I have a complex and confusing relationship with meat. Make no mistake: I love to tackle difficult recipes, treasure-hunt for great hole-in-the-wall restaurants, poke around at farmers markets and swap “you’ll never believe what I ate” stories. But I’ve also … Continue reading

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Day 1: Permeability

Heading out Wednesday night in search of a late dinner, I had my first up-close encounter with the Kowloon streetscape. Our hotel is at the center of an upscale, touristy district called Tsim Sha Tsui, just north of Victoria Harbor … Continue reading

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Links/Leads for Hong Kong Itinerary

As we discussed at the last meeting, it would be great to keep a list of our ideas, readings and resources here on the blog as we prepare for our trip. Here are some of the leads I mentioned last … Continue reading

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Using Shareholder Engagement to Change Corporate Practices

We’ve discussed how organizations like the Cascade Land Conservancy can magnify their efforts by creatively engaging the private-sector players who would in other contexts be seen as their opponents. This interview with Bruce Herbert, founder of Newground Social Investment, is … Continue reading

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