Just had email from Designing Hong Kong, noting that Hong Kong ranks among world's most expensive cities, and yet not in top 50 most livable cities. Asked for ideas on how to make Hong Kong more livable; here's a quick list I sent:
Real action re air quality
Less concrete projects, especially unnecessary ones that abound (that Bloody Big Bridge to Zhuhai and Macau's casinos looks like a giant white elephant, to way surpass Stonecutters Bridge)
Way, way more city greenery. Including parks. Also green much of concrete in and around estates; far more green roofs, more greenery on walls of buildings.
- at least some engineers, engineering firms can surely work on such projects. They don't have to just concrete more and more in order to have some income and something to do!
See if there are chances for for more measures like, say, micro wind turbines on many buildings.
Appreciate Hong Kong's fantastic natural setting.
End indigenous villagers' birthrights to houses, and various other outdated laws and rules concerning rural areas. Consider allowing higher buildings, to save space with buildings in old farm areas.
Be brave. People are ready for such progress, even if many construction and property tycoons may throw hissy fits.
Know, too, that research shows experience in nature can be good for people's physical and mental well-being.
Nature and biodiversity are not frivolous luxuries - we need nature, but nature does not need us.