Singapore is on a mission, and it’s to attract as many world class residents as possible. The tiny island ~which calls itself the little red dot~ recognizes that it has no resources left to poach, except its people.
Fundamentally, this will have to mean a change, however, in a culture known for not celebrating those who rock the boat. Famous for its cleanliness and safety, Singapore is, after all, Asia~ some say Asia-lite ~ and has plenty of character to exhibit, if it only will let its nails be a little dirty on prom night. Stamping out rows of ancient, glorious shophouses to build malls, paving overgrown Chinese cemeteries to build highways ~ these are some of the practices Singapore should step away from, and quickly, if it wishes to lose its “vanilla” veneer.
This doesn’t have to come at the expense of all the good the city has to offer ~ fine restaurants, an efficient public transit system, premiere events and museums, and a network of schools that offer both local and international education on the highest levels.