1. Guan Liang
    June 19, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    … the ran­som of steel and glass which we can never pay in full; we extort from our chil­dren instead laugh­ter and open spaces to pay for our misgivings.


  2. Cassandra Chan
    June 20, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    Urban­iza­tion is a process between leg­is­la­tors and cit­i­zens that results in dia­logue, evokes emo­tions;
    Where some­times places get reju­ve­nated, other times lost.

    But most of all it helps every­one redis­cover the forgotten.

    It only becomes a heavy price to pay when the day comes and no one both­ers to fight for these places to be remem­bered in some form or another. That’s when we really lose a part of our his­tory and our soul.


  3. Yinxiu
    June 21, 2012 @ 1:41 am

    The cost of urban­iza­tion is the loss of his­tory and her­itage, and in some cases, the loss of cul­ture as well. In urban­iz­ing, the old has to be dis­placed and excreted to be replaced with the new. His­tory is lost when sig­nif­i­cant land­marks give way to spank­ing new shop­ping malls that hold no mean­ing to the peo­ple. Her­itage is for­got­ten when the older folks do not have the struc­tures to help them tell their story to the young ones. How­ever, it is not just the infra­struc­ture that is lost. Take for exam­ple the kam­pongs. It is by no doubt that liv­ing con­di­tions have improved by leaps and bounds with the replace­ment of the HDB flats. How­ever, together with the kam­pong hous­ing, the cul­ture of the kam­pong spirit is mis­placed along the way too. Neigh­bours do not seem to know one another. Every­one minds their own busi­ness. We are no longer as friendly and help­ful as the kam­pong dwellers used to be. This in itself is a great loss, and we can only hope to find and rebuild that won­der­ful kam­pong spirit again in our con­crete jungle.


  4. Michael
    June 23, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    In the rush to urbanise we lose all sight of how we come into being.


  5. Naomia Maharani
    June 23, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    More of stress, hec­tic life, money minded greedy peo­ple & loss of identity.


  6. Ng Chow Yong
    June 24, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    Here’s an ode to our his­tory — the cost for urbanization:

    His­tory reminds us of our past,
    Our past that stands the test of time.
    Urban­iza­tion forces us to move fast,
    Faster and faster, we never ask why.
    As time goes by in the blink of an eye,
    The times that we lived past us by.
    As urban­iza­tion bids our his­tory good­bye,
    Remants of our past dis­ap­pear.
    And ever.


  7. James Teo
    June 24, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Many times the cost of urban­iza­tion is the loss of her­itage where sites of cul­tural, his­tor­i­cal, and archae­o­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance are often under threat to make way for newer and taller buildings


  8. Joeanne Shim
    June 24, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Too rapid the urban­iza­tion will lead to many social prob­lems such as lack of proper hous­ing, traf­fic con­ges­tion, high crime rates etc


  9. Kao Rong Sheng
    June 24, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    As the indus­tries of the world are grow­ing fast, urban­i­sa­tion is pro­ceed­ing so rapidly that it is gen­er­at­ing largely unpre­dicted prob­lems one hun­dred years ago. Although, of course, there can be some ben­e­fits like more employ­ment and eco­nomic ben­e­fits, there are also bad effects like pol­lut­ing our envi­ron­ments as lots of fac­to­ries are built on the new areas fol­low­ing the urbanisation.

    Dur­ing the process of clear­ing out nat­ural habi­tats as the first phase of the urban­i­sa­tion, destroy­ing an ecosys­tem exist­ing on those areas is inevitable. Though gov­ern­ments are occa­sion­ally keep them in its orig­i­nal con­di­tion for the image of the town when the habi­tats are small in size, nor­mally, most of the liv­ing crea­tures in the areas are get­ting extincted. Nev­er­the­less, this tragedy is hap­pen­ing even now for people’s well-being itself.

    While the coun­try is becom­ing wealthy eco­nom­i­cally, it is also becom­ing poor envi­ron­men­tally as a result of the exploit­ing. Toxic gases and severely pol­luted water from the fac­tory will bring air, water pol­lu­tion, which will even­tu­ally lead to the low qual­ity of life.

    Even though there was pos­i­tive effects such as the increase of employ­ment, urban­i­sa­tion brought seri­ous harm­ful effects on our envi­ron­ment. It seemed like we are improv­ing our qual­ity of life at the cost of destruc­tion of ecosys­tem, was actu­ally set­ting back in a long term. It is advis­able for the nations to care more about the envi­ron­ment and to be critic on government’s absurd decision.


  10. Teo Kai Lynn
    June 24, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    The cost of urban­iza­tion is caus­ing old her­itage sites, which defines us and tells the story of our coun­try to make way to high rise build­ings, which is a pity really. The next gen­er­a­tion can only visit them on pho­tographs in future.


  11. Nurdianah
    June 25, 2012 @ 3:47 am

    Loss of unique­ness and a sense of iden­tity; instead of stand­ing out, we’re just another dupli­cate with­out a soul amidst the masses.


  12. alina
    June 25, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Main cost would be it makes every­thing run on turbo speed. Prob­lems that has never occurred in a rurual area inten­si­fies expo­nen­tially. More and more peo­ple start to gather in a small space, every­one rush­ing around to get mul­ti­ple things done simul­ta­ne­ously and pres­sure seeps from one stressed out per­son try­ing to multi-task all the way to thou­sands of cars honk­ing along the high­way.
    As every­one is on their quest for suc­cess, anx­i­ety and stress cloud a person’s per­cep­tion on a care­free lifestyle.


  13. Bhavna Naresh
    June 25, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    We sim­ply for­get who we are.


  14. Dallas Goh
    June 25, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    I feel that urban­iza­tion cost us our tra­di­tions and our her­itage. It’s sad to see impor­tant land­marks in Sin­ga­pore slowly dis­s­a­pear­ing from the map, and even if they ren­o­vate the place, it does not reflect the past and it’s mearly just another new place in town.


  15. Ng Tien Tjuen
    June 26, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    Urban­iza­tion costs a lot of irre­versible changes in our liv­ing his­tory. Many things can be restored or real­lo­cated, but our mem­o­ries are just being faded away.


  16. Jeremy
    June 27, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Dear all,
    Thank you for par­tic­i­pat­ing. The con­test has ended and the win­ners will be noti­fied shortly.

    Best regards,


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