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Going Car-Free Could Make Orchard Road Great Again

Much has been said about the decline of Orchard Road. Once the pulse of Asia’s retail paradise, today many Singaporeans seem to be shunning the shopping strip with falling footfall.

The premier commercial precinct’s waning popularity is chiefly attributed to the fact that it is now “too expensive (56%)”, “better for tourists than locals (47%)” and that “there are better options elsewhere (37%)”.

Whilst about one in three Singaporeans (35%) is unsatisfied with the current state of retail options in Singapore, many also believe that there is not enough space for the island to host more major shopping streets.

State of Retail Options in Singapore

45% of Singaporeans believe that allowing pedestrian traffic can help the landmark street become more attractive a destination

New Shopping Streets to Compete with Global Retail Destinations