Friday, 3 November 2017

50-foot 'coffin homes' and an £87 million townhouse deal highlight the scale of inequality in Hong Kong.

LONDON — House prices in Hong Kong are among the highest in the world, but there's a dark side to its property boom.

A new survey of 204 families in one neighbourhood, cited in the Guardian, found Hong Kong's poor residents have just 50 square feet of living space per person on average. That is the equivalent of half a car-parking space, and less space than prisoners in the city-state's maximum security jails enjoy.

Perhaps the grimmest illustration of Hong Kong's housing shortage is its "coffin homes," the poorly-lit, minuscule, and often unhygienic apartments occupied by its very poorest citizens.

By Thomas Colson.

Full story at Yahoo News.

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