A Badly Needed Green Lung for Hong Kong

Every day, a river of trams, cars, trucks, double-decked buses and minibuses pours down Des Voeux Road, one of Hong Kong’s most important commercial arteries, a bustling thoroughfare in the heart of Central, the business district. But the think tank Civic Exchange and the Hong Kong Institute of Planners would like to radically alter the character of the street, named for Hong Kong’s 10th governor, Sir George William Des Voeux, with a revolutionary plan to fully pedestrianize a 1 kilometer stretch, closing it off to all motorized traffic. Only the city’s colorful trams and pedestrians would remain.

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