Interesting Read at the New York Times Travel Section.
JUDGING from the number of cranes that dot the city’s skyline, Singapore is booming. In the last few years, casinos and hotels have sprung up; museums and galleries in former colonial landmarks have flung open their doors; and international designers have staked out prime real estate alongside up-and-comers just starting to make their fashion mark. Throughout the city, street vendors and sleek restaurants — new and well-established — serve up the city’s renowned mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnic cuisines. And, best of all, sexy lounges and rooftop bars are helping the city-state shake off its formerly staid image……
Apart from Maxwell Road Hawker Centre and exploring Haji Lane, Clarke Quay and Botanic Gardens the rest of the places mentioned require quite a bit of spending. We are becoming the playground for the rich and it’s sad that a whole segment of Singapore’s population will probably never be able to afford to even step into some of these places mentioned. It’s flattering to be featured in the international press, but it also makes me wonder what Singapore will be like about 30 years from now. Will the rich poor divide be even worse. I hope not.
The New York Times – especially the paper’s travel section – is geared towards a well-heeled audience. I find that they frequently cover “things to do” that are well out of the range of most people, Singaporean or not! Just thought you might want to keep that in perspective while you read this piece.
There are tons of free/inexpensive things to do in Singapore. You blog about so many of them.
Didn’t know the NY Times catered to only a segment of the population…thought it was like the Straits Times, geared to the masses. Thanks for the info.
There are *hundreds* of newspapers in the United States and, yes, many of them appeal to different demographics, including, but not limited to, geography, socioeconomic status, and political leanings. I think the Times’ (paper) circulation is less than 2,000,000, hardly anything in a country of 300,000,000+!