Professor Ben Gerlofs is set to deliver an engaging talk on the urban geography of Hong Kong, focusing on the evolving landscapes of Kennedy Town and Sai Ying Pun.
In 2014, three new MTR stations were opened in these neighbourhoods, since which they have experienced a profound shift, witnessing the rise of trendy bars and upscale dining establishments, that have reshaped the area into a vibrant and sought-after locale for millennials and expats alike.
However, this transformation has ignited a thoughtful dialogue among residents, exposing worries regarding the impact of gentrification on the community. Professor Gerlofs will delve into these tensions, exploring the challenges faced by residents and the possibility of ensuring a delicate balance between economic development and the preservation of local character.
Dr Ben Gerlofs is from the United States and is an assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Hong Kong. He received his PhD from Rutgers University, his MA from Syracuse University and his BA from Aquinas College, all in the USA. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College and a Lecturer the City University of New York, all in the USA.
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Meet at Whitty Street Tram Depot
Round trip from Whitty Street to North Point
Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$580 for Members and HK$680 for their guests, including free-flow wines in a Red Antique Tram.