22 Jun '17, 9pm

In Singapore, the Preservation Debate Comes Down to a Single House

In Singapore, the Preservation Debate Comes Down to a Single House

When Singapore broke away from Malaysia in 1965 and became independent, it was a country of slums, illiteracy, and poverty, with a per capita GPD of $500 USD . By 2014, that figure had reached $56,000 USD—a little more than that of the United States . In only 50 years, the country transformed itself into one of glittering skyscrapers, tidy housing estates, and shopping malls, largely due to the vision and leadership of Lee Kuan Yew , or LKY, Singapore’s prime minister from 1959 to 1990. LKY’s unsentimental approach to progress was partly responsible for this incredible growth. His government cleared dilapidated houses and hawker stalls to make way for a new Singapore—and the clearing didn’t stop once the country’s infrastructure was well developed. In 2005, for example, authorities demolished the beloved Old National Library to make way for a tunnel. When LKY died in 2015,...

Full article: https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/06/the-fate-of-one-ho...

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