11 Aug '11, 7pm

Singapore wants to go from being "a garden city" to "a city in a garden."

Singapore wants to go from being "a garden city" to "a city in a garden."

Singapore. Photo: Avinash Anand I really, really dig what Singapore is trying to do . Currently it's about half covered in green and wants to go farther: In Singapore's next "green road map," its 10-year development plan, the country aims to go from being "a garden city" to "a city in a garden." "The difference might sound very small," says Poon Hong Yuen, the chief executive of the country's National Parks Board, "but it's a bit like saying my house has a garden and my house is in the middle of a garden. What it means is having pervasive greenery, as well as biodiversity, including wildlife, all around you." ... "As we've moved into the more knowledge-based industries, they bring along talent who like to live in a great city," said Mr. Poon. "It's no longer about being well tended, but also about the livability, the excitement of living in a great city -- and biodiversity...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-08-11-singapore-aims-to-...

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