25 Jan '17, 6am

New post added at LushHomeMedia - Heritage and gentrification: Is there a win-win for neighbourhoods?

When Ms Hidayah Amin walks around her old neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, she does not hide her disappointment. To her, it “has no spirit anymore”. “Last time, this used to be a residential area. Today, it is just very sanitised and commercialised … the whole place is just for tourists,” she told the programme Talking Point. The former resident feels that despite conservation efforts since 1989 to preserve Kampong Glam’s heritage, the gentrification of the neighbourhood, with its rows of restaurants, fashion boutiques and hipster cafes, has changed the area’s identity. Pointing to transplanted palm trees, Ms Hidayah said: “It is a very Arabised landscape.” “There were a lot of races who lived here, but there were also a lot of Malays who, like my family, were here since the 1850s,” she added. Kampung Glam – which is thought to be named after the “gelam” or cajeput tree – wa...

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