Friday, August 14, 2015

'YOU ARE HERE'. Enjoy the view while you can!



While in the city on Wednesday morning we climbed the Bell Tower to see how my least favourite, project is progressing! If you look at the shot above you'll see the 'you are here' sign, this is where I took all but the last shot. You can see when the project is finished the bell tower will be sandwiched between highrise buildings, much of the 'all around view' will be blocked.. bit of a shame, it's a pretty glorious view along the Swan River..ah well, that's progress for you.


Not sure why but the image above tickled my 6th grade sense of humour, it's composition succinctly summing up my opinion of the project :) I seem to remember saying in an earlier post that I would eat my hat if the historic Florence Hummerston Kiosk, which was dismantled at the beginning of the Elizabeth Quay project was ever relocated and put together again.. well there it is, just where they said it would be, but.. at what cost! Innocent people are dying on the roads Mr. Premier, priorities and all that!


Below shot taken a few weeks ago when the sky was a little bluer than it has been this week, the view looking down from Kings Park. Seriously struggling to keep an open mind after recent events but that's not going to stop the momentum, c'est la vie! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...




27 comments:

  1. Ah, like nearly everywhere these days the "leaders" just can't stop building, changing, spending -- too bad it isn't their money that they are spending!! Wonderful skies and captures, as always, Grace!! Hope you have a terrific weekend!!!

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  2. The Quay looks good, shame about the buildings!
    The MacDonald's they are building by the Florence Hummerston Kiosk is gonna be huge according to that sign!

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  3. Why does "progress" always seem to ruin things?

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  4. I'm with you on this one, Grace! The tower is going to be dwarfed by those highrises. Funny 2nd shot! ;-))

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  5. Love the photos. You certainly have managed to get a Birdseye view. Hope things turn out better than you are anticipating :).

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  6. What a mess, I have always difficulties with imaginations how things and situations will be. I only see a lot rumble and no progress...

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  7. Quite a mess.

    My least favourite local project is starting to show some of its drawbacks here.

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  8. Highrise towers should never be allowed by by the waterfront. The view should be enjoyed by everyone.

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  9. I'm impressed you climbed the tower, with your dislike of heights.

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  10. Wow that's a great spot for picture taking Grace. It seems a worldwide phenomenon that people want to build by the water and spoil the view...c'est la vie...presumably a hat eating picture at some stage :)

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  11. Change . . . Progress . . . ? Heck, I don't know. There are probably some things I am not required to have an opinion on . . .

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  12. It's funny I should see this post tonight right after returning from dinner with my friend Julie. It seems she is in the middle of a huge struggle over property near her where the owners want a variance to build a huge monstrosity of a building on the mountainside that will block several peoples views from above and below and create a huge erosion problem. Some people will do anything for a profit.

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  13. I suppose we can't judge until it's all finished. But I have a feeling it will be a bit too big and brassy. Change is never easy to accept.

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  14. I hope it turns out alright in the end Grace. I remember when the were building Federation Square I thought it was a disaster but now I think it is a success story.

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  15. Same with all cities...new high rise obstructions to ones view buildings block out great views and historic buildings. Even Philadelphia caved to the money hungry developers and allowed building higher than William Penns statue on City Hall. Before the 1980s or so no building was allowed to be built higher.

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  16. The second image is quite... explicit! I usually like to observe construction sites, but not always the results are as good as the expectations.

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  17. And they say progress(?) marches on. Often there is a misstep even with the all-knowing.

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  18. (When) will you post a video of you eating a hat, Grace? ;-)
    But you are right, priorities!!!
    Sooo sad, I hate that project, too...

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  19. Wow, I guess so. There is so much happening here. You do have a lovely city, and all this will be new again. Progress. Some love it, and others learn to.

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  20. A lot of progress there Grace, I haven't been around the area for ages, so nice to see what's going on. I also find it's a pity that the Bell tower will be dwarfed around the big modern buildings...

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  21. Tthe view along the backroads doesn't change much. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  22. Hmmmm... Well there's nothing that can be done about it now....

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  23. The view suggests chaos and the desperate hope that the plan works eventually. Moving that building seems to be an incedible feat. That must have taken a great deal of recording every detail to ensure it could be replicated.

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  24. Yes, what a shame. But they don't care about the view ... money,money, monnnney. That is very important ! In London, you can see little churches in the middle of hightsky. You see the church only when you are near. Lucky enough, not very important churches... to my point of view.

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  25. See my blog, please, you will be in a open air vew in central Switzerland and tradition.
    Un petit coucou de Lausanne.

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  26. Sydney has its own fair share of eyesores actually. And construction these days takes forever so I know what you mean when you say you need to check on how it's coming along!

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