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Your views: Learn from the past to make Orchard Road vibrant again

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Orchard Road is no longer what it used to be. It has lost its vibrancy. As one of the original Orchard Road kids, I should know.

It is weighed down with too much retail, a glut of shopping centres. There are way too many malls, which was not the case in the 1970s.

Then, the area was more about entertainment, which meshed nicely with the hotel business.

There were bars, discos and nightclubs, and, of course, live bands.

There is not too much of that now, the bright lights and music that used to attract the crowds.

It is quite obvious that retail alone can't do it. People need to have a drink and a good meal and relax. There isn't enough allowance for that, with easy access.

A little outdoor entertainment could help.

There will have to be a variety of acts to make it worthwhile.

But one must be careful not to distract people too much, so they do enter the buildings where the retail, food and drinks, and regular entertainment are.

It is all about establishing a balance, which was lost over the years.

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