It’s not just in Penang that people want more green spaces and bicycle paths as over-development results in nostalgia for the less-frenzied lifestyles of the past.
In Singapore too, nature lovers are hoping that the old KTM track from Tanjong Pagar to Woodlands can be turned into a green corridor and heritage route. They want the 26km-long route preserved as park and recreational space, maybe even a Unesco World Heritage Site. They hope that this linear green lung would provide recreational space and eco-friendly transportation such as an extended bicycle route.
But the nature lovers’ dreams have run smack into pressure from planners and developers to have the site ‘developed’. Let’s watch how this pans out.
See this WSJ blog piece.