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Travel to Singapore: Singapore Modern: Photo 9

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In the 1930s, Singapore had a population of about 600,000 people. Most lived in kampongs that planners described as squalid and fetid. Fair enough: a sixth of all the deaths in Singapore in those days came from tuberculosis. Little was done until 1960, when a massive program of public housing began. Today, about 85% of Singapore's 3,000,000 people live in apartments built by the government over the last 40 years. The quality of those apartments has risen steadily over the years: here, an early version.

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