State-led gentrification in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-523
Journal / PublicationUrban Studies
Volume53
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Abstract

The specificity of Hong Kong’s gentrification trajectory reflects its urban morphology, political institutions, and social and economic structure. While continuously renewing itself economically, much of the city’s inner urban area building stock is old and functionally obsolete, whilst nevertheless providing affordable, well-located housing for lower-income and disadvantaged groups and small-scale commercial clusters. Constrained redevelopment is not the result of economic decline but rather of formidable frictions that make land assembly and vacant possession of buildings difficult. Hong Kong’s executive-led, quasi democratic government articulates with the public ownership of land and its management through the leasehold system, and leads inner-city redevelopment through the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) supported by various institutional and statutory arrangements. (Re)development is favoured because it generates significant state revenue from physical and economic intensification of sites. Although gentrification is not an agenda of the URA, it is a significant outcome of its redevelopment activities.

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  • gentrification, Hong Kong, leasehold land system, redevelopment

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State-led gentrification in Hong Kong. / La Grange, Adrienne; Pretorius, Frederik.

In: Urban Studies, Vol. 53, No. 3, 01.02.2016, p. 506-523.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review