Monday, March 21, 2011

A Very Quick Sketch at Gage Street Wet Market and Gage Street Redevelopment 速畫結志街與結志街重建

After working on two sketches and feeling a bit tired,  I decided to make the third sketch a very quick one and so this one was done within 10 minutes at Gage Street, Central.  The wet market here which covers Gage Street, Peel Street and Graham Street is pretty interesting. A living functional street market  sandwiched between old tenement buildings, it serves the residents of the Mid-Levels and at the same time attracts quite a number of tourists, coming here to feel the authentic street culture of Hong Kong.  However, the tenement buildings in this area are soon going to be torn down for redevelopment by the Urban Renewal Authority.  If I were the authority, I would choose not to pull down everything, as the tenement buildings together with the street market have already become an asset to Hong Kong. If you have noticed how many foreign visitors like to come to Gage Street to take photos and feel the local ambience!  Instead, I would help the residents to maintain the buildings.  In case if the structure is already too dated to be kept in good condition, the authority could work with the residents to formulate redevelopment plan, enabling them to return to the same district after redevelopment, therefore allowing the very group of people who forms this "asset" to reconstruct the local ambience.  


市建局快將重建此區,究竟此區地道人文風境可會保留,原區居民可會安排遷回發展後的新樓呢?  如果我係市建局,我就唔會拆咗呢個寶!反幫原區業主修復物業,保住呢個城市生態。又或因樓太舊,要拆,就同業主一同研究怎樣聯手重建,等原區的人與事可以原區重生!

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