Monday, September 8, 2014

Yellowthread Street (TV Series) - Bruce Payne (1990) - Quarry Bay Municipal Services Building, Quarry Bay Street

Once upon a time there was an official body in the Hong Kong Govt called the Urban Council. It was basically responsible for Govt services that are now run by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department - in other words a huge remit - and by 1994 it was a body wholly elected by a one person one vote democratic system.

Tung Che Hwa got rid of it pretty quick - can't have any of that silly democracy nonsense now can we...

Anyway, I thought I would mention it because the U.C logo pops up in our next screen capture as Eden (Bruce Payne) waits outside what was the Urban Council Quarry Bay Complex for his ride to meet the evil Melvin Wong in Angel Eyes.

Pretty much all trace of the former Urban Council has been removed (I guess ol' Tung didn't want anyone to remember that once they were allowed to vote for something) - although I do know of a reference that still remains in east TST...

Anyway, when the U.C was finally abolished and its former responsibilities split between the FEHD and the LCSD, everything was renamed and this building above, on Quarry Bay Street, became the Quarry Bay Municipal Services Building.

Other than a bit of extra bridging from the pedestrian flyover (an extension of the same one that can be seen in the distance on this post) and the obvious name change, it hasn't changed at all.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting, I had wondered what happened to the Urban Council and Regional Council. I'd noticed on my return trips to Hong Kong that both had ceased to be, but had no idea of the political wrangling behind their demise. How petty!