Hong Kong Arts Complex: Underway?

A giant cultural project in Hong Kong, long aborning, seems finally to be breaking ground. The NY Times reports: ‘The budget set aside for new cultural development would be the envy of any arts administrator: 21.6 billion Hong Kong dollars, or about $2.8 billion, to build 15 performance venues, a museum, an exhibition center and a giant park on some of the world’s most valuable undeveloped waterfront property.’ I’m impressed, but is $2.8 billion really that much to replicate a Lincoln Center or a south bank of the Thames? Lincoln Center spent $1.2 billion just for its recent five-year renovation.

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