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Hong Kong should tap private sector to help make city sustainable

Developers can help government address need for affordable housing

| Hong Kong
Cranes at a construction site in Hong Kong on Sept. 20: The city can lead the way for Asia in creating a sustainable urban environment.   © Sipa/AP

Susheela Rivers is co-chair of the global real estate practice of law firm DLA Piper as well as managing partner of its Hong Kong office.

When the British landed on Hong Kong Island in 1841, they encountered fishing villages and fragrant agarwood, but little in the way of useful natural resources.

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