Today’s sneaky economy

Singapore 15th April 2013

When you travel as I do you get confronted with all the inconveniences of travel as well, delays, detours, additional charges en costs… as I was travelling back to Singapore yesterday I had plenty of time to reflect on today’s economy and state of welfare. Back in Perth the sharp increase of cars (probably partly due to the healthy economy) produces daily traffic jams nowadays, something unheard of just a few years ago. Petrol prices are through the roof, car park prices are unreal at times. If they also decide to break up roads for road works you are sure to create quite a “happy” bunch of travellers. That’s just for taking the car too go to a meeting…

Take a taxi then, no worries about fuel prices or car-park fees or if you are in Singapore, the central business district surcharges from the famed electronic road pricing…but you still can’t escape the traffic jam of course though at times taxis have the use of priority lanes. But then the fares…that isn’t straight forward either! There is a flag-down fare, then the actual base fare (which varies per taxi company, per kilometre driven) plus a myriad of incomprehensible surcharges depending the time of day or location of drive…just give us a normal fare!

Have you tried booking an airline ticket these days? There is no simple fair…there is a base fare which is generally quite ok, sometimes even damn cheap, but by the time you have completed your purchase the amount of surcharges, taxes and booking fees added are a multiple of the actual airfare. It’s crazy. All these costs add up and make the cost of operating our practice more expensive…and somehow it’s hard to pass these on to our clients…

To me that sort of shows the state the world economy (certainly in the developed countries) is in at the moment. You look around and you see that today every possible way, every trick of the book is used through sneaky surcharges, added taxes, you name it, by the government or companies in trying to take money from you. It’s really sneaky…

Light Watch 4-65: But despite the economic pressure creative minds keep dreaming up some fantastic building. Here is a Google selection, don’t know if they are concept of reality…

 

15. April 2013 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: city beautification, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting and the economy, lighting design practice | Leave a comment

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