Garden City

I remember a conversation from 2001 with an Estonian woman sitting next to me on a coach as we were travelling down the CTE. I asked her what impressed her most about Singapore, and she pointed out the window and said “Even your highways look like gardens”.

We’ve heard the promotional line about Singapore being the “Garden City” so much that we tend to take it for granted, but I’m reminded every time I visit another city how green we’ve managed to make our urban space. My favourite parts of Singapore are the parks and gardens and incidental greenery that line our roads and public spaces (though they are far from being “incidental” in effect when you consider that they help moderate the urban heat sink effect by as much as 3 degrees celsius: try turning the air-conditional up by 3 degrees to get an idea of what the trees do for us).

I’ve blogged about our parks and green spaces in my own blog before, but here’s a photo of one of my favourite parks, Fort Canning Hill.

the cupolas 2

I’ll be posting more pictures in the future. In the meantime, you can look at some of my flickr photosets of Singapore’s greenery:

One North Park
Seletar Base
Fort Canning Hill

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