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Nostalgic Sorrow (01 Feb 2005)


A horrific fire destroyed a concentration of shacks at Shek Kip Mei on the Christmas Eve of 1951 and rendered 58,000 squatters homeless. It was that fire that awakened the Government to the need of public housing in Hong Kong. The first buildings were of the Type H, hastily constructed at the expense of quality. Throughout the years, new and much better buildings have been put up, but fourteen Type H structures still remain at Shek Kip Mei. The residents there, who have been given resettlement notice, seem somehow reluctant to leave.

Hong Kong Connection
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
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