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New initiatives aim to revive kampung spirit in HDB flats

Two initiatives to be piloted in Tampines soon to help residents connect and bond

Published on May 25, 2014 8:56 AM
Madam Iris Chua, a 61-year-old retiree, with her neighbourhood-grown bittergourds and ladyfingers as part of a showcase of Good Neighbours Projects which promote neighbourliness in Singapore, at Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium on May 24, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Tampines Central will become a testbed for two new ideas to encourage public flat residents to connect, bond and revive the "kampung" spirit.

Public walkways that run through housing estates will be turned into "social linkways", by adding seating or exhibits, for instance, to encourage people to linger when they meet a neighbour.

A one-stop hub for community activities, which can help develop residents' ideas for more such initiatives, will also be set up.

These two initiatives will be piloted from next month to May next year, to see if they can get residents to know one another better.

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