Friday, November 16, 2012

Elizabeth Quay, a bit of a rant.....!!


If you read the sign above it's probably true that at some point way back in the 1800's a brave boatman would have looked at a 'portly' passenger and said "nup, no way, it's just not going to happen!" and that would have been enough to precipitate the beginnings of change. It seems to me that Perth is changing faster than is really necessary these days. I'm totally on board with the Perth City Link project, linking Northbridge with the city whilst removing the eyesore of the old railway lines in the process is a stroke of genius, but really Mr. Barnett do we need to spend an estimated $2.6 billion on creating Elizabeth Quay, at a time when vital services e.g.police, nurses, roads, teachers for starters, could be doing with a decent influx of funds, perhaps it's a bit naff to be spending quite that much money on an already attractive area that with the addition of a few more family friendly cafes and restaurants, maybe a smattering of boat pens, would be even more so! Check out the link and tell me what you think, more highrise buildings or a more European riverfront? Perth is such a pretty city, it would be a shame if it became known as a 'more flash than cash' town. It's a moot point anyway, work has begun, but I do feel better for getting it off my chest and later when the city is in complete turmoil I'll be able to say.."I told you so" haha! What a week, TGIF take care and stay safe..... 



29 comments:

  1. I totally agree ...
    Love it here in the hills and hope 'development' doesn't change our little village atmosphere too much.
    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh, YES!! I do so agree -- you could be writing about Seattle!! Hard to get anywhere around here without road closures, detours etc etc etc!! When one project is done, they're already in the middle of another one and more closures!! You can't help but wonder -- when will they be finished???? Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  3. I love how it looks now and, well, the new stuff doesn't look like an improvement! (More is not better:) It's a shame - this happens in so many places, I'd really love to know exactly how urban developers and politicians think these things through.

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  4. A rant now and again is good for the soul.

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  5. I guess there are arguments on both sides.Sometimes I think it's not about improving the area for the masses , but putting money in the pockets of a few. Oops I didn't say that...but I certainly feel that way....Janey

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  6. It's the same here with developers wanting to put more & more highrises down on the lakefront.

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  7. i agree ... cities need greenery to counter the auto/bus exhaust

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  8. I agree Grace they seem to be doing a similar thing here in Adelaide ... spending millions$ upgrading our Rundle Mall when it really wasn't all that bad in the first place. And does this upgrading bring more revenue into the area? I think not!
    I'm with you .... spend the money where it's really needed .

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  9. It does seem a lot of money to spend in one place when vital services are in need of more funding.

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  10. Follow the money! Who will benefit from this adventure? It may be a complicated route but I'd guess some politicians will end up with a wad of cash in their pockets!

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  11. I love Perth so much that this is all very interesting to me Grace and you go girl - and I'll be around when you say "I told ya so" nah nah. :)
    x

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  12. Great view of the bay. Luckily I don't have to carry my wife like that.


    Greetings,
    Filip

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  13. Money aside, it is a ghastly way to treat what should remain an open public area. It is very unfortunate that the development has been approved.

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  14. Come now, PDP! As FruitCake will no doubt tell you at length and in better voice than I, politics is SO not about needs/rights/services!

    And those boatmen of yesteryear should be pretty darned glad they no longer have to carry passengers across the mud with today's obesity epidemic running amok!!!

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  15. Your rant could have been written about just about any city and any country that I can think of. In greater Hartford, we are spending a gazillion dollars building a 15 mile busway between Hartford and New Britain that will be very little used.

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  16. Future students of PERTH in the early 21st century will consider you a valuable source (as do WE all :)


    Aloha Sweetie!
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  17. I know nothing of Perth politics, of course, but it sounds like you are describing a municipal exercise in ego boosting. Reminds me of the late president of France, Francois Mitterrand, who some said had an edifice complex.

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  18. I agree with Jack's first sentence. Here they are building a horrible looking courthouse and for what, they're always letting drunk drivers go until they hit someone. It's everywhere I'm sure.

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  19. It looks like such a beautiful city but I am reminded once again that these same issues are happening all over the world. You have a good weekend as well. Be safe!

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  20. I totally agree with you Grace. That part of Perth is just beautiful as it is, so much free space and lovely parks, don´t know why we need more buildings or boat pens in that area.

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  21. Seems like a huge project. Lots of people will benefit, most of them probably already involved! Nice rant it is!

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  22. And I thought the Bell Tower was bad enough!!

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  23. Although I'm really excited about Elizabeth Quay, I have to laugh at them spending MILLIONS moving that Chinese restaurant - http://www.elizabeth-quay.com/index.php/this-historic-building-has-been-on-this-site-for-well-not-that-long-really/

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  24. It is a global thing.

    Here, the city council pretty much just handed over a large tract of what had been parkland, stadium, and exhibition grounds to a private consortium of real estate developers and sports entertainment businessmen. The city assumes all the risk, the consortium reaps all the rewards for thirty years, and the grounds themselves get swallowed up in a new stadium, retail, offices, and condos and townhouses. They claim there'll be parkland still incorporated, but when the city gets screwed over, at least I can say I saw it coming...

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