Vibrant Cities: Lack of vibrancy in Singapore. LTA to be blamed?
Pictures above (taken yesterday at about 6pm) in the Singapore River and Funan Centre areas: dramatic proof of how empty the streets are, and how dead the city is, thanks to ERP.
Most big cities have that vibrancy which, to the keen observer, is missing in Singapore.
Go downtown in Singapore, and you can be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Shopping malls, entertainment outlets and eateries are near-empty during the day.
But go to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, even Hanoi and HCM City you can feel and see how vibrant these cities are.
In Singapore we put up barriers in the form of ERP to prevent traffic congestion. While the idea is good, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has gone overboard in ringing the city with ERP gantries.
Result? Motorists stay away, and the city feels dead.
The authorities never tire of talking about how to make Singapore a vibrant place to rival cities like Vancouver and London but I see no evidence of it happening.
But talk is cheap, you know.
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