It is just over three years since I last made an Inspection Tour of the Kai Tak Themed Cruise Mega-Hub Terminal. It can’t be any more deserted today than it was then – apparently it hosts the occasional wedding banquet. But a recent Audit Commission report damned it, and everyone knows it’s just another white elephant.
What could you do with all that space? In 2014, I suggested people use it for then-trendy-fad ‘parkour’, a Homeless Squat Concept Zone, and – rather presciently – raves. You could easily fit half a dozen Hidden Agenda-type clubs into just one corner of the complex, being designed for thousands of oh-so precious tourists, the structure must meet all the fire-safety codes.
You could convert part of it into elderly homes, and another part (a decent distance away) could house thousands of columbarium niches. That would still leave room for artists’ studios, shelters for victims of spousal abuse, student dorms, half-way houses, and other facilities people don’t want in their neighbourhood. You could even have sanctuary kennels for the dog-worshipers to put their rescued hounds. Throw in some cheapo food courts and an outdoor market and the place would be buzzing.
The greatest irony: tourists would love it.
I declare the weekend open with some book news. Aging gwailos’ memoirs of our city are probably best avoided – but this looks like an exception: Syd Goldsmith’s Hong Kong on the Brink, about the (topical) 1967 riots. At least, the interview with the author was the first entire podcast I’ve sat through for months.