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HDB Flats


Shared spaces


Misuse of HDB lift: teachers can also help

The Straits Times, 30 Jan 1978, pp. 9

Summary: how the community and teachers can help educate youngsters on the appropriate uses of public spaces



Singapore’s backyard

The Straits Times, 14 Dec 1984, pp. 1

Summary: The purpose of parks, gardens and green spaces in Singapore



Corners of kampung spirit: void decks are sprouting chat areas with comforts of home

The Straits Times, 8 Dec 1987, pp. 20

Summary: ‘Spontaneous’ shared spaces decorated with old furnitures donated by residents in void decks



Moving to better homes with bad manners in tow

The Straits Times, 30 June 1988, pp. 31

Summary: problems with littering and other problems faced in public spaces



Good response to HDB’s ‘buy corridor space’ scheme

The Straits TImes, 22 April 1989, pp. 23

Summary: when public spaces of the corridors become privatized - blurred spatial boundaries



HDB walkways are good but could be better designed

The Straits Times, 30 Aug 1994, pp. 24

Microfilm reel: NL19398


What’s in a street name?

The Straits Times, pp. 13, 5 July 1988

Summary: How do street names work, and whether the numbers are better than names

Related: Where is Sumbawa Road, Bukit Ban Kee or Hillview?


Jail those who use lifts as toilets

The Straits Times, pp. 33, 18 Dec 1987

Summary: a discussion of how to deal with people who urinate in the lifts


Cats proving to be a big headache for town councils

The Straits Times, 27 Jan 1993, pp. 15

Microfilm reel: NL 18177


The PIE - a vital artery of HDB estates

The Straits Times, 1 Sep 1988, pp. 25

Summary: The importance of the PIE in connecting far-flung HDB estates like Jurong, Eunos and Clementi



Examples given by MP missed the mark

Today, 11 Nov 2006, pp. 19

Summary: who is responsible for problems in shared spaces?



What’s keeping HDB neighbours apart?

Today, 2 Dec 2006, pp. 6

Summary: The importance of (disappearing) shared spaces in fostering neighbourliness



Around your place

The Straits Times, 13 Oct 1992, pp. 24

Microfilm reel: NL17792


Danish delights in Singapore’s wet markets

The Straits Times, 23 Sep 2007, pp. 46

Microfilm reel: 28515


More HDB residents taking to hydroponics

The Straits Times, 28 Dec 1992, pp. 20

Microfilm reel: NL17811

Also see: HDB flat-dwellers turning urban farmers, NL23215


Horror lifts

The Straits Times, 27 Oct 2008, pp. 28

Microfilm reel: NL29518


Crafting artworks - in a HDB estate

The Straits Times, 5 Feb 2002, pp. 7

Microfilm reel: NL23875


Condo-style names for some upgraded HDB neighbourhoods

The Straits Times, 23 Sep 1994, pp. 29

Microfilm reel: NL19409


Orchards in the heartland

The Straits Times, 28 June 2009, pp. 46

Microfilm reel: NL30059


Ethnic touch for MRT stations

The Straits Times, 16 Sep 1985, pp. 24



Bigger say for heartland folks

The Straits Times, 10 Aug 2007, pp. 20

Microfilm reel: NL27778


Ponds in 4 HDB parks to be leased for fishing

The Straits Times, 17 May 1990, pp. 20

Microfilm reel: NL17015


Singapore’s backyard

The Straits Times, 14 Dec 1984, pp. 1

Summary: the role of parks in Singapore



More room for relaxation…

Singapore Monitor, 26 Feb 1985, pp. 3

Summary: greenery in Singapore’s urban spaces



The void deck for Chinese wedding dinners

The Straits Times, 5 July 1996, pp. 6

Microfilm reel: NL20117


Don’t neglect the green green grass of home

The Straits Times, 5 Jan 2007, pp. 26

Microfilm reel: NL27302


Residents, have your say on identity of estate

The Straits Times, 23 Nov 2006, pp. 4

Microfilm reel: NL27109


The things HDB residents want

Today, 4 Aug 2007, pp. 4

Summary: feedback from residents at the forum on HDB Heartware



Pilot roof gardens already milt in some HDB projects

The Straits Times, 30 Sep 2002, pp. 17

Microfilm reel: NL24724


HDB to Sheng Siong: 6 wet markets must stay

The Straits Times, 10 Oct 2009, pp. 45

Summary: contestation regarding the use of market spaces in HDB heartlands



Residents ‘have to play their part to keep estates clean’

The Straits Times, 21 June 1996, pp. 48



New laws soon to curb void deck motorcycle parking

The Straits Times, 16 June 1988, pp. 19



The housing market


Building small in a big way

The Business Times, 18 May 1993, pp. 24

Microfilm: NL18528


Flats vacant: 10,000 HDB apartments go abegging

Today, 14 Sep 2002, pp. 12

Summary: vacant HDB flats in Sengkang, Sembawang and Choa Chu Kang due to slow property market and global recession



HDB flats: prices and quantity

The Straits Times, 15 Sep 2009, pp. 9

Microfilm reel: NL30161


Only a perception that HDB prices are rising: Dr Tan

The Straits Times, 12 July 1993, pp. 27

Summary: affordability of the HDB flats questioned during a seminar for youth leaders



HDB lowers its prices for new flats

The Straits Times, 2 July 1998, pp. 3

Summary: HDB controls market prices for new flats



Are fringe districts next on property recovery trail?

The Straits Times, 7 Oct 2006, pp. 39



Neighbourliness/community spirit


Warmth of the old estates

The Straits Times, 23 July 1985, pp. 2

Summary: neighbourliness and trust in the older estates



Neighbours but not necessarily friends

The Straits Times, 5 Nov 1989, pp. 23



Promoting community spirit through upgrading

The Straits Times, 10 June 1996, pp. 27

Microfilm reel: NL20112


PRs active in grassroots work

The Straits Times, 9 March 2009, pp. 20

Microfilm reel: NL29679


HDB block dirty, not our concern, say many

The Straits Times, 3 Apr 2004, pp. 13

Microfilm reel: NL25532


Good neighbours all - they took pains to connect

The Straits Times, 25 Nov 2009, pp. 33

Microfilm reel: NL30330


HDB floor parties catching on

The Straits Times, 7 Sep 2009, pp. 17

Microfilm reel: NL30159


HDB turns community builder

Today, 3 Nov 2009, pp. 1

Summary: the role of the HDB in encouraging neighbourliness and mediating neighbourly disputes as more immigrants populate the heartlands


Also see: Plan for mediation centres in HDB estates (social and community disputes),


Some residents doing so already

The Straits Times, 26 Apr 1994, pp. 22

Summary: residents in different estates across the island displaying acts of neighbourliness



Not possible to recreate the Kampung life in flats

Singapore Monitor, 19 May 1985, pp. 15

Summary: the loss of the ‘kampung’ spirit does not mean that the sense of neighbourliness does not exist in HDB estates



Grassroots leaders ‘can improve lives’

The Straits Times, 4 June 1996, pp. 22


See: the role of grassroot leaders in improving the quality of life in the heartlands of Singapore

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