Jalan Besar is road flanked by old pre-war houses. The architecture of those days against the backdrop of towering apartments serve to emphasize the unique character of each shophouse that makes itself distinctive through colour, carvings, pillars, window design and the presence of balconies and balustrades. When I view this slideshow I could feel the intrusion of the modern buildings and fear that one day the beautiful buildings of an era gone by will be completely replaced by faceless facades that reach into the clouds but are totally devoid of historical and aesthetic appeal. Perhaps my fears are baseless. I hope so.