About Flanked by Aljunied and Paya Lebar, Machperson is an old HDB estate has pockets of industry. It is a sleepy estate and parts of it are inaccessible by public transportation. The industrial parts of Macpherson, however, are a little busier. The district is set to become more lively and vibrant, with a new MRT station under construction at its edge.
History The district, formerly the Jalan Klapa (coconut road) area, is named after Colonel Ronald Macpherson, Lieutenant Governor and first Colonial Secretary of the Straits Settlements. He also designed and commissioned the building of St. Andrew's Cathedral, and died in Singapore. He is buried in Bukit Timah Christian Cemetery.
Industry There are a number of industries in the Macpherson area, most of which deal in manufacturing. These include Brilliant Manufacturing (name, not description), Aljunied Industrial Complex, Daxin Industrial Building and Biztech Centre. Companies dealing in media and events can also be found here, such as Cityneon Design and Asia Radio Building. There are a few car marts, vehicle repair shops and used car dealers in Macpherson. The Mazda car showroom is located here.
Residential Being an old HDB estate, Macpherson has many HDB flats. There are also a few condominiums located here, such as Oasis Gardens and Le Crescendo. Also, you can find landed property here, in areas such as Happy Gardens.
Many public schools are dotted across the estate, such as Macpherson Secondary, Canossa Convent Primary School and Cedar Girls' Secondary School. ITE College Central (Macpherson) is also located in Macpherson. The district also houses many charity organizations such as Asian Women's Welfare Association.
Getai, or live Chinese singing, shows are held in Macpherson frequently. They are usually performed in tents set up in between blocks of HDB flats. Often, they are held near Jackson Food Centre, an old and famous food centre located in the district.