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23 November 2018

SCMP - Hong Kong’s problems with noise and crowds can be eased with more pedestrian zones, not fewer

Bernard Chan says issues arising in pedestrian zones, such as in Mong Kok, could be relieved by creating more traffic-free areas. In addition to more space and cleaner air, it would give street performers more options and disperse crowds.

I enjoyed the second Heritage Vogue street carnival on Hollywood Road in Central a couple of weeks ago. Supported by the government’s heritage office, along with local heritage sites and art galleries, the event features cultural and heritage-related attractions as well as crafts, food and entertainment. As with last year, it was very popular – indeed, the temporarily pedestrianised street was packed with people.

Just a few days after the festival, this newspaper and others reported a proposal to pedestrianise the western part of Des Voeux Road for a “Sheung Wan Fiesta”. This would not be a one-day affair, but would involve pedestrianising the stretch of road for 12 hours a day for a 90-day period next year. The area would host stalls and events on weekends, while, for the rest of the week, it would provide a traffic-free walkable space with seating and greenery.

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