Five ways to build a high trust city

Lawrence Wong on how Singapore uses urban environmental design to achieve this

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong (third from left), in his speech at the 10th World Cities Summit Mayors Forum, says Singapore tries very hard to avoid segregation by race or income.
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong (third from left), in his speech at the 10th World Cities Summit Mayors Forum, says Singapore tries very hard to avoid segregation by race or income. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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Public housing estates in Singapore are built with green and open spaces, so everyone has access to them. Community amenities are also located close to homes, so that people from different backgrounds can interact with one another, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday.

He gave the example to illustrate how Singapore uses urban environment design to build social capital and trust among its people.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2019, with the headline Five ways to build a high trust city. Subscribe