A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of a confounding set of recycling bins near the Lavender MRT station. I saw them again yesterday. Behold:
I’m often the first to point out that correlation does not equal causation, but a guy can dream, right?
One positive thing (not to say that there aren’t lots of other characteristics I like about this place, such as cheap delicious food and really friendly people) I’ve noticed about Singapore: The buildings look nice, even decades-old government-built housing. I’ve been told that the government requires and/or subsidizes regular repainting of buildings to maintain the city’s clean, modern aura. And it works.
Walking up St. Martin’s Drive toward the Myanmar (aka Burma) Embassy in Singapore, I noted that the buildings here looked particularly sharp. Based on its proximity to the flashy Orchard Road shopping area, this neighborhood must be expensive even by Singaporean standards. Below are a couple of St. Martin’s residential buildings.
As clean as Singapore is, I don’t get the feeling that its government and citizens are enthusiastic about environmental issues. Bike lanes are almost non-existent, conspicuous consumption is encouraged, and check out these inscrutable recycling bins I found next to the Lavender MRT station: