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close this bookEmerging World Cities in Pacific Asia (UNU, 1996, 528 pages)
close this folderPart 3. Borderless cities
close this folderThe Singapore-Johore-Riau Growth triangle: An emerging extended metropolitan region
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentThe concept of extended metropolitan region
View the documentEMRs
View the documentThe Singapore case
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This chapter examines the development of extended metropolitan regions (EMRs) in ASEAN, specifically interpreting the situation in Singapore.1 It progresses from the general to the specific. The first section introduces the concept of the EMR. The second section looks at the development of these regions in ASEAN. The third section examines the development of an EMR around the city-state of Singapore, specifically the "Growth Triangle" as an EMR. The Singapore economy, once thought of as quintessentially urban, now must be thought of as part of a larger regional production and distribution complex, an extended metropolitan region. The final section examines the roots of the development of this regional economy around Singapore, its long-term prospects, and policy implications.