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Title: Uncovering a ‘Positive’ Gentrification and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Social Mixing in Tiong Bahru
Authors: Hu Kang Hong Benjamin
Keywords: Positive’ Gentrification, Gentrification, Social Mixing, Singapore, Tiong Bahru
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Hu Kang Hong Benjamin (2016). Uncovering a ‘Positive’ Gentrification and Evaluating the Effectiveness of Social Mixing in Tiong Bahru. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Premised on the benefits and growing prominence of ‘positive’ gentrification being employed together with social mixing within urban policy, this thesis seeks to uncover if such positive forms of gentrification exists in a Singapore neighbourhood and subsequently evaluate the effectiveness of social mixing. This thesis hence contributes to the growing body of literature on geographies of gentrification. I first detail the intricate relationship within Singapore’s urban planning experience with gentrification before revealing the role and motivations of the state in relation to the gentrification of Tiong Bahru. I contend that the gentrification of Tiong Bahru by the state aligns with the broader goals of attaining a global city status and becoming a global arts and entertainment hub. An investigation into the gentrification of Tiong Bahru found that gentrification does produce positive outcomes in the form of economic revitalization. However the negative consequence of the displacement of old residents and businesses is still evident, signalling a failure to achieve social mixing between existing and new residents in the neighbourhood. Grounded by the concepts of social mixing and displacement, an analysis into the dynamics of displacement reinforces this conclusion where the ‘positive’ gentrification of Tiong Bahru has produced several cohesive but increasingly segregated groups of residents. However potential for successful social mixing still exists with effective planning between institutional actors and the residents, explicitly illustrated by the prominent Tiong Bahru Flea Market. In view of a spatially and temporally contingent gentrification experience in Singapore, the nuances possessed by a neighbourhood and the complexities of practically inducing social mixing must be taken into consideration. In moving towards a more inclusive form of gentrification in the future, more emphasis is proposed on a bottom-up (combined with top-down) approach where residents can be empowered to participate in the development of a neighbourhood.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144107
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