Hong Kong... Carefully Planned Urban Jungle 11/02/2011
Just finished spending the week in Hong Kong... and it has been an interesting journey... as always.
Getting off the plane I remember reading an add from HSBC stating there are more sky scrappers in Hong Kong than in New York... overstatment! The view from my hotel is all jungle all concrete. I have been fortunate and have seen many of the world's "coolest" cities : Paris, London, New York, Seoul, Sydney, Cape Town, etc.; but Hong Kong is a runaway choice for most impressive city landscape.
What is even more impressive, according to a senior official at the Housing Department of Hong Kong, is that 47% of citizens in Hong Kong live in subsidized housing. Now that is awesome planning. In Canada, that would be a completely different reaction. But in such an urban metropolis, this type of government funded housing is crucial to support a city in constant growth and help all levels of income participate in the Hong Kong experience.
Clearly governments back in Canada, who have the advantage of space and more space, need to take a page (or two) out of the Hong Kong government ubran and social planners. It takes me less time to get across a 7 million person city in a car (apparetnly by train is even quicker!) than it does to get across Ottawa... Hong Kong peak time : 30 minutes... Ottawa peak time : 60 minutes if you are lucky... oh yeah... Ottawa has a population of roughly 900,000...
Well that is it... on to the next destination
Coming Soon 11/02/2011
Interview with leading mobile technology firms in the Waterloo, Canada region