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Title: An (Extra)ordinary Night Out: Urban Informality, Social Sustainability and the Night-time Economy
Authors: Yeo, S.-J.
Heng, C.K. 
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Citation: Yeo, S.-J., Heng, C.K. (2014-03). An (Extra)ordinary Night Out: Urban Informality, Social Sustainability and the Night-time Economy. Urban Studies 51 (4) : 712-726. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A night out in the metropolis can offer a plethora of hedonistic experiences in urban spaces such as waterfront districts, shopping boulevards and cultural precincts. In stark contrast to this post-modern spectacle of contemporary nightlife are the mundane night-time activities that pervade the everyday spaces of ordinary people. Here, we are confronted with a tapestry of a different material culture-one that has evaded the lacklustre and homogeneous pattern of urban bars, pubs and clubs. This paper will illuminate the sociospatial dimensions of everyday (night)life in the neighbourhood of Toa Payoh Central, Singapore, and will demonstrate the resilience of urban informality in an increasingly formal and regulated global city like Singapore. It is contended that everyday (night)life has a significant role to play in the making of vibrant and liveable cities by helping to foster social sustainability in the forms of accessibility, tolerance, diversity and participation. © 2013 Urban Studies Journal Limited.
Source Title: Urban Studies
ISSN: 00420980
DOI: 10.1177/0042098013489743
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