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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 bank towers.

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Government buildings look puny alongside the financial giants.

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The domed Supreme Court and the modest Parliament House; behind it, the tower rises of the very active Victoria Concert Hall. In the background, the beer can of the Stamford, formerly the Westin and designed by no less than I. M. Pei.

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Marina towers rising beyond the Cavenagh Bridge. On the right, the old post office, now the Fullerton Hotel.

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The Stamford lords it over the dweedbly steeples of the Catholic Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and of 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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