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February 25, 2013

Singapore touts underground living as the ‘next frontier' to handle growth

  • The government is studying construction of a science complex that would go down 30 stories and house laboratories, offices and a data center.
    Associated Press

    SINGAPORE — Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, tiny land scarce Singapore is projecting its population to swell by a third over the next two decades. To accommodate the influx, its planners envisage expanding upward, outward and downward.

    The population target of 6.9 million people, an increase of 1.3 million from the present, is contentious in a country where rapid immigration has already strained services such as public transport and contributed to surging home prices and a widening wealth gap. It sparked a rare protest recently, with some 3,000 people gathering in a park that's the only approved area for demonstrations.

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