Talk about the difficulty of going upstairs in Hong Kong is attributed to the young star’s father planning public housing land: the development needs to be done in a big system and not in small pieces- 20221103 – Hong Kong News – Daily Ming Pao

Ming Pao reporter Shi Jinyu reports in Singapore

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Liu Taige emphasized that the most important thing in urban planning is to focus on “scientific basis”. Speaking about the average waiting time for applicants for public housing in Hong Kong for six years now, Lau believes that the biggest problem in developing public housing in Hong Kong is that there is not enough land otherwise to Singapore, which enacted laws such as the Land Acquisition Act and the Land Tenure Act in the early days of independence, allowing the government to purchase private land through reasonable procedures, and the owner cannot refuse, so the government owns almost 80% of the land. He used the analogy of setting up a company If a company does not have money, it cannot develop a business, and the most important cost of urban planning is land Without enough land, it is difficult to build enough public housing. This is the lack of urban planning in Hong Kong, but Hong Kong has much more land than Singapore. He mentioned that planning is like writing a book. If you don’t think about how many chapters you want to write, and if you start writing your way from the first page, the book probably won’t be read

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When Singapore was founded in 1965, Liu Taige recalled that the people did not have much of a sense of belonging back then, and many people called themselves Chinese, Indians or Malaysians. The first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s “One Singapore” philosophy quoted In order to build people’s patriotism, they must have deep roots, and the most important thing is to own personal property. He said many people in the community criticized the dictatorship of the Star government. Local regulations state that employees under the age of 55 will contribute 17% of their income to the provident fund, and employers will contribute 20% of the employee’s income, up to 37% of the employee’s income, and then can use the provident fund. for buying a home. Liu described this “forced saving” as something that has a big impact on home buying. Among the current 84% of HDB households, more than 90% of them buy it on their own, which is a great proof.

After serving the government for about 23 years, Liu Taige served as director of urban renewal and chief planner in 1989, and completed the Singapore Centenary Planning Plan from 1991 to 2091. He said it was hard to imagine Singapore’s economy and population growing so rapidly at at the time. The original forecast was around 5.5 million people in 2091, but this year’s population is close to 5.7 million. He suggested that the authorities should draw up a prevention plan for a population of 10 million as soon as possible It is estimated that there may be the density needs to increase by 30%% Preservation of old buildings, golf courses, forests, etc. future industries and urban functions including high-tech parks.

Lack of reasonable area, just empty space

During his time in the HDB, Lau Taiga was responsible for developing more than 20 new towns.. He mentioned that Singapore was lagging behind Hong Kong at that time, and he had to go to Hong Kong two or three times a year to learn the public housing development model. I will never come back to Hong Kong if I walk on a better path, “but I am still grateful for the inspiration given by Hong Kong. He said that Singapore will be divided into five areas to development. Each area corresponds to a city with a population of 1 million to more than 2 million. With basic living needs and urban functions, people do not have to run to the central area all day to solve the problem of traffic congestion.

Liu Taige’s urban planning work took a long time to study with his team. At that time, the members included engineers, property management experts and sociologists. For example, the living area per capita was initially planned to be 24 square meters, and then various furniture and fixtures were installed. , Only to find that at least 35 square meters, otherwise it is not suitable for living, the authorities were also persuaded after reviewing the data. He said that if urban planning does not have a reasonable area and a scientific basis, it will only be reduced to an empty theory. He also said that there are always a few residents who are dissatisfied with the design and planning, so after launch all stages of housing. , public opinion is listened to and then modified in the next step.

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