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  •  so it sounds about right to you (1+ / 0-)
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    divineorder

    that about 50% of the people live in buildings that are out and out owned by the government?  (i.e., the most literal sense of "public housing")

    I suppose it's possible!  I was there about 15 years ago (right after the PRC takeover) and was hosted by a construction guy who showed me around some construction  sites - I actually never thought to ask who he was building them for - but in retrospect since they mostly were rather bland apartment buildings it very well * could * have been for public housing purposes . ..   but in that case, this isn't that new of a phenomenon.

    •  The units which are sold to the occupants (5+ / 0-)

      are owned by the occupants.  
      But you are absolutely right- public housing developments are very visible in Hong Kong. I grew up there and aside from the lowewst tier of public housing, there is not much stigma to living in public housing.  It's completely unlike here in the US where people blanche when they hear that you live in the projects. The upper tier public housing always had a long waiting list because they were pretty desireable.

      •  Or even romanticized on sitcoms & soap operas (1+ / 0-)
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        divineorder

        Just like village life is on Chinese TV. ATV and TVB know their audience.

        Most of my friends in HK grew up in the estates and some still do. Vertical villages.

        {Not a sigline. You are hallucinating.}

        by koNko on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:51:32 PM PDT

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