Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development
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Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl

Over the past two decades, sustainability has become a principal concern for city administrators. It is a more than just environmental entailing economic, demographic, governance, social, and amenity aspects. After a short introduction to some theory, this book provides broad coverage of these aspects and their manifestations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The contributors discuss, in detail, topics surrounding measurement, growth strategy, citizen participation, revitalization, and competitiveness. Though each of the cities discussed – ranging from Shanghai, to Barcelona, to Montreal – are distinct, there are similarities that connect them all. The book highlights their common elements to provide a feasible outcome for sustainable urban development.
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Chapter 14: The third runway project of HKIA: the process of consultation and consensus building in Hong Kong

Shen Jianfa


In 2011, AAHK (Airport Authority Hong Kong) released the HKIA (Hong Kong International Airport) 2030 plan for public consultation in Hong Kong. This is another major controversial project in Hong Kong. This chapter attempts to use this case to examine the urban governance and politics of growth in Hong Kong. Particular attention is paid to the dynamic interaction among various stakeholders as well as the roles of the media in influencing the decision-making of government and the Legislative Council. The consultation process and the tactics and views of AAHK, various environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders will be examined. This chapter shows that majority support from the public is crucial for AAHK to advance the third runway project. The chapter makes use of various documents and articles published by various parties, observation from personal participation, as well as the consultation results compiled by Social Sciences Research Centre (2011).

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