Getting Orchard Road to bear new fruit

Singapore's famous shopping street is due for a new lease of life. Re-imagining Orchard Road requires us to put people - especially pedestrians - at the centre of the transformation.

Orchard Road holds many fond memories for me.

Growing up in Singapore, Orchard Road was where I had some of my favourite movie experiences. From James Bond movies at the Lido to Star Wars at the Cathay, lines of people would form for tickets on opening day after months of anticipation. In 1979, I remember McDonald's opening its first store in Singapore at Liat Towers to the same sort of queues as a Bond movie. I first experienced McDonald's in the United States and was thrilled that I could get one in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'Getting Orchard Road to bear new fruit'. Print Edition | Subscribe