For the 5 minutes pleasure of the motorists to drive from Marina to Orchard, the National Library was sacrified. The congestion of Orchard Road will get worse to justify for higher ERP charges for entering and exiting Orchard Road. It is money well spent to build the tunnel.
Hmm..what’s new? It doesn’t take a genius to come up with a justification for doing away with something. I hardly see any buildings or landmarks left for nostalgia. Soon, Singapore will be a city which has everything but a soul. Saddening.
I wnet there on some history tour a few weeks ago, and the poor old tour guide was saying how much he missed the national library. Really, it’s a waste. Great stuff from Mark, plus the trademark protest wail from Ruby Pan in the bloopers!
when i first heard of the plan to tear down Nat Library, i remember them saying its prime land and there’s a lot more practical uses for the land. I didnt know it was to build a tunnel instead.
Sigh - being an SJI boy of Bras Basah Road, that area and the National Library hold so much fond memories. but hey, Singapore’s such a pragmatic country, arent we? what’s the point of fond memories when we can build a tunnel that cuts travel time?
I must say I wasn’t one of those who strongly decried the demolition of the former National Library building at Stamford Road. Mostly, this was because I am young enough that Toa Payoh Library had already been built by the time I could read, so m…
We just have to admit that the medieval times are over, aint it? Looking at it another way: everything just seems to be living on borrowed time rather! How sad! No doubt fond memories are happy times that are valued upon; time which can be saved in the future are deemed higher in stake! Look at how often we lament on the lack of time and how we always say to others, “Give me one minute please…” … Time is so precious and there is no absolute value pegged at it. With the value of time increasingly upped thanks and no thanks to globalization, what is $34 million for buying time (OMG! Time can be bought! Aint time priceless? Aww…) as opposed to good old days??? Remember? We have to move forward! And to move forward, we have to think ahead… not think back… Think about the past? Alamak! You’ve gotta be kidding! Where got time?!!! ;)
And oh! Anyone can come up with super mega BIG plans for the site at where Esplanade is? It would be so interesting to see how a purported icon of Singapore ends in yet another “heroic” death. And mind you… it’s not as simple as relocating the merlion of Singapore river from one end to the other. We are talking about one HUGE DURIAN!
initially it was reported that the libary was demolishsed to make way for SMU (which i still totally don’t get, why it MUST be in already over-crowded cityhall area). so are they still building part of SMU there, or is it for future SMU expansion, or really, its just for a bloody HOLE
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