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Singapore's Orchard Road gets its own Shibuya-style crossing

The temporary pedestrian scramble is just one of many experiments to bring shoppers back

Orchard Road introduced a Shibuya-style scramble crossing in December 2017.

SINGAPORE Orchard Road has long been one of the most iconic locations in Singapore, and a symbol of the country's economic success. But the shopping street is being eclipsed in popularity by malls and e-commerce as consumer habits change.

The Singapore government and members of the private sector are working to fix that, making the road more pedestrian-friendly to help it maintain visitor traffic and give it a livelier atmosphere.

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