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Title: PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE URBAN RENEWAL OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE
Authors: SOH YONGXU
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: SOH YONGXU (2004). PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE URBAN RENEWAL OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation examines the nature and role of public-private partnerships in the urban renewal of the central business districts (CBDs) of Hong Kong and Singapore. Not withstanding their striking similarities in many aspects in terms of their economic development, their global trading ties and outlook, and their densely built up environment, there are some distinct differences in their urban renewal approaches. Public-private partnerships in redevelopment of the CBDs in the two cites have been of a rather dissimilar nature because of the difference in the balance of power held by private developers and planners in the public sector. Evaluation of urban renewal is carried out on two dimensions: First, the public-private partnership process based on Mackintosh's (1992) criteria of synergy, budget enlargements and creation of innovation; second, the public-private partnership approach based on Montgomery's (1965) continuum of comprehensive urban renewal. Findings on the partnership process in Singapore's CBD renewal show that partnerships through the Sales of Sites programme had fared well in the creation of resource synergy and budget enlargements because of the efficiency of the public sector in pre-development site preparations and the well defined scope of duties that each partner had to perform. But dominance of the public sector over developers, and stringent development regulations has circumscribed the partnership synergy and the creation of innovations. In Hong Kong, LDC's partnership with developer is found to be lacking in terms of synergy, budget enlargements and creation of synergy because of LDC's lack of legislative power and limited budget. Findings on partnership approach on the extent of comprehensive development shows that Singapore's CBD redevelopment shows that the result of a 'tight plan' approach is an urban landscape of uniformed development. In contrast, Hong Kong's 'typical plan' approach has resulted urban landscape, depending on perspective, can be seen as distinct and dynamic or haphazard and lacking in coherence.
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