A view of Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats in Lavender, seen from Block 805, King George's Avenue
The district has not changed a lot in a city known for its frenetic urban planning, and as a source puts it, "entering Lavender is like entering Singapore in the late 1980s", where old public housing is occupied by an elderly community, with small automotive shops, hardware resellers and temples.
Due to its proximity to the heart of the city, the Lavender area also attracts many backpackers who can book a room at one the many youth hostels in the vicinity.
A trend of gentrification began around 2014, mainly along Jalan Besar, the main street which separates Lavender on the north from the Little India, Singapore district. There are now many small coffee shops and music studios in a rather vintage-looking district.
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