As a child who grew up near Katong/Joo Chiat area, the place was just like look like in the 1960s and 1970s in early 2000s. Since young, I walk there quite often during my free time.
However, for the past few years since 2007 and 2008 onwards, there were vast changes to the landscape near the area. En-bloc, building of new buildings, high rise buildings, enhancement to the structure of Katong Mall to become 112 Katong, the landscape changes within a short period of time.
Now, Katong/Joo Chiat area will be like a fusion of old & new buildings pieced together. It may be good as people can still see well-preserved buildings and heritage of Katong/Joo Chiat area and yet enjoy their time going to Katong/Joo Chiat area with good food, and watch movies (because Golden Village is coming to 112 Katong in 3rd Quarter of 2011).
Of course, I am so excited to have a cinema coming to Katong after Republic cinema closed in the late 1990s. Cannot wait for 112 Katong to open soon as it will be a shopping mall with Peranakan themed mall.This is how 112 Katong will look like once it completed. I have been looking out for the construction progress of the mall from the view at my home.
Changes are good yet it is good to preserve our unique culture and heritage as a remembrance.