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Notes on the Geography of Singapore: Singapore Old and New

Predictably, the downtown is now chockablock with juxtapositions of new and old.

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Raffles, backed up by the great banks.

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Government buildings and the omnipresent financial giants.

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The domed Supreme Court; the modest Parliament House; behind it, the tower of the very active Victoria Concert Hall; rising in the background, the beer can of the Westin Hotel.

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Marina towers rising beyond the Cavenagh Bridge. On the right, the post office recently converted into a hotel.

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The Westin lording it over the dweedbly steeples of the Catholic Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and the Anglican St. Andrew's Cathedral.

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Singapore Telecom above Chinatown shophouses.

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Srinivasa Perumal Temple and neighbors.

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Down the same street: Serangoon Road shophouses.

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The shadowy mass of the Standard and Chartered tower stands above the fake-old Raffles Place subway station.

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In the midst of a sea of Chinatown residential blocks: a kiosk straight from the Ethnic Decor Department at Home Depot.


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