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Connecting the people with the river

Even if Singapore has a riverside and an esplanade, the river is not part of it. The city used to be a fisherman village, so for keeping the heritage there must be a linking with the people.

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There are so many cities that have regenerated their river walk making it more connected and liveable with the people. Paris, London, or like the Irwell River Park in Manchester City. This Park will contribute significant green infrastructure benefits that will support national priorities towards a low carbon economy, and uniquely creates an 8 km sustainable transport corridor that embraces the ideology within the Transport Strategy for Manchester City Centre. The Park will link tourist attractions and economic destinations; promote healthy lifestyles and more active communities, providing new leisure and recreation opportunities; reduce flooding through increased planting; significantly improve biodiversity; and replace road journeys with those by foot or cycle thereby cutting congestion, carbon usage and air pollution.

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Unfortunately the idea of river side living in Singapore is not popular yet. Perhaps the way the city planner went was to make these as park connector and therefore providing green areas for the citizens.

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