Article re Hong Kong: THE ROMANCE OF OUR CITY MUST BE PRESERVED Toronto too! SCMP (newspaper) Feb 09, 2011
Cities delight when they surprise: the virtuoso street musician, the tiny store of curios, the neighbour with a fascinating past - one of the joys of living in dense environments is how often the unexpected happens. Many cities - efficient and overplanned - fail this test. Commuters are packed into cars, buses and trains to be conveyed from their housing complexes to their business complexes and then stop in at their shopping complexes on their way home. There is little romance there. The zoning of areas with specific and separate uses encourages the growth of large, standardised, single-purpose complexes so that people can only live in a residential complex, work in a business district and shop in a shopping mall. New York and London have specialised financial districts, but both visitors and residents are more attracted to the areas that offer some surprises.