Urban decay is serious in Hong Kong. According to the database of private buildings in Hong Kong by the Home Affairs Department, there are about 41,500 buildings in Hong Kong in 2022 with approximately 19 per cent aged 50 years or above - this in light of the fact that reinforced concrete buildings only have a lifespan of 50 years. Since many old buildings lack proper maintenance and management, along with unauthorised building works and illegal uses, and appalling hygiene conditions, these could lead to various social problems.
URBAN REDEVELOPMENT CAN WELL TACKLE URBAN DECAY
Redevelopment of old buildings can alleviate urban decay. The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) has partnered with private developers to carry out redevelopment projects that successfully transformed local communities, including Langham Place in Mongkok, Citywalk and Vision City in Tsuen Wan; and the on-going Kwun Tong centre redevelopment projects. Private developers also play an important part in district transformations, such as Taikoo Place in Quarry Bay and various composite residential and commercial developments in Tai Kok Tsui.