SINGAPORE (May 13): Global cities from Sydney to Singapore are increasingly being planned and transformed in ways that further embrace diversity and inclusivity.
For Sydney, its Sustainable Sydney 2030 goals are the cornerstone of everything it does. The city has adopted a holistic, inclusive approach to investing in public infrastructure, such as new parks, cultural and community spaces, childcare facilities, libraries and aquatic centres to cater for diverse groups and attract new residents to work and live in Sydney.
Singapore, meanwhile, cultivates inclusiveness through its public housing policy. The Housing Development Board of Singapore plans townships that incorporate accessible facilities from town centres down to neighbourhoods and precinct level. In addition, as highlighted by Cheong Koon Hean, CEO of HDB, in the World Cities Summit 2018: “To promote inclusiveness even more, we mix people of all income levels, ethnicities and age groups within our housing blocks.” Therefore, HDB’s ethnic integration policy actively ensures that ethnic enclaves do not develop within neighbourhoods.