03 July 2006

The troubles of Joo Chiat

Residents in this part of Singapore are upset about the bars mushrooming in the area. How bad is the problem? Yawning Bread makes a visit and discusses the the more general zoning and urban planning issues raised as a result. Full essay.

8 comments:

teck soon said...

There is a sizeable minority of people living in Vietnam whose families are recent (within 2-3 generations) Chinese immigrants from Cantonese-speaking areas, especially in the South which is where most of those girls seen in Singapore are from. The girl Alex met likely has recent Chinese ancestry, and grew up speaking Cantonese with her parents at home in Vietnam, and of course spoke Vietnamese elsewhere. The sight of a Vietnamese girl able to speak Cantonese is certainly no indication that she has "been around".

abao said...

Sad to see that the Sunday Times was creating a false impression of the situation in Joo Chiat...

pacific 202 said...

Good article Alex.

If i may add, it isn't us s'poreans who need to unburden ourselves of puritanism. It is those who are in power, who call themselves gentlemen and 君子 and claim moral authority when they have none, who are hypocrites and wearing blinkers.

Anonymous said...

On the observation that it would be impractical to convert shophouses into a hotel, I would urge you to take a look at the Scarlet, opposite Maxwell market.

hugewhaleshark said...

Great analysis. I doubt that any of the government officials looking at the issue has such clarity.

Yawning Bread Sampler said...

Re Scarlet Hotel, I've seen it. I did a photoshoot in the suite, no less, and it was cramped. My own HDB bedroom is bigger than the suite's bedroom. My own living room is twice as large as the suite's.

Anonymous said...

Vice trade in Joo Chiat compliments the incoming casinoes in 2008/09. Las Vegas is well known for its brothels and casinoes. These problems lie with the policies this country is taking: indiscriminate entry to low level foreigners(unskilled), drastic move to casino investments without much thought of social ramnifications nor any public debate to consider such actions. Overall, the impending likelihood of a deteriorating social environment with monetary & economic considerations taking center stage above everything else is becoming real.

Anonymous said...

your post makes some very valid points. the one big one is that it will not simply go away. and with the casinos coming - the business will get much larger. better to control and regulate than try to clamp down?