Wednesday, May 2, 2012
From Old School to No School
I was reading about the story of how Old School at Mount Sophia is being forced out of her home after spending more than a century being on the hill. The school has been there since 1887.
URA has decided not to extend the lease and now all the tenants have to move out by June 30, 2012.
All this is part of the URA's 2008 Master Plan. They have slated the site for residential development.
In other words, my words, the current Old School is unable to generate enough revenue in that prime piece of land to justify it being there. Selling property in that neighborhood is more profitable than having some group of people going about doing their art stuff.
It's like there's no where else in Singapore to develop property and this is the last place in Singapore.
In the distant future I imagine, Singapore will just be filled with housing blocks and shopping centres. The only places that will be preserved will depend on their ability to attract tourist.
Is that the Master Plan?
Old girls of MGS fight to save Old School on Mount Sophia
No lease extension for arts enclave at Mt Sophia