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Singapore looks ahead to next 50 years

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Singapore’s first long-term urban blueprint in 1971 paved the way for expressways designed to ease mobility.

But the Southeast Asian city-state’s vision for the next 50 years will prioritize public transit, walking and cycling, Medha Basu reports for GovInsider. Singapore also is aggressively exploring the use of driverless cars.

“Land constraint is one of the key concerns,” Peter Quek, chief information officer of Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, tells Basu. The tiny island nation pioneered congestion pricing that calculates tolls based on traffic levels. Despite the innovative pricing scheme and having one of the world’s most advanced subway systems, there’s ample road traffic in this dense city of 5.5 million.

Another priority is to accommodate an aging population. The city already is encouraging more interaction between young and old by pairing care centers for the elderly and children together, the article says. Quek also explains that more attention will be paid toward ensuring that facilities for the elderly are closer to older populations. Singapore’s next 50-year plan will be shaped with tools never imagined in 1971. These include a 3D model of Singapore, data analytics and augmented reality, which helps planners visualize projects.


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