no. because it is becoming unsustainably big too quickly. driven by an obsession with growth
i agree that growth of major regional hubs like perth is inevitable. populations grow. if organic growth is moderate it can be planned. some real sustainability can get traction. growth based on planning that takes into account all the important stuff is good. our variety is bad, really terrible
what upsets me is the race to grow faster and become bigger than other cities. just for the sake of growing. faster growth than “competitors” has become an obsession, more important than anything else. the mantra is “growth is good, it is the only thing that matters.” things get rushed. bad stuff happens
here are some of the problems that will bite us on the arse. soon. because our growth outstrips out ability our ability to think and cope
getting around. the roads can’t cope. it’s going to get worse. our public transport is rubbish – that’s why nobody wants to use it. perth sprawls over 100km n to s. getting around on buses and too few train lines isn’t easy. and it is so s-l-o-w. get in the car. i do. everybody i know does. there is no public transport master plan. there should be. transport investment decisions get put back. they shouldn’t
water. get used to water restrictions. they are here to stay. why do we keep encouraging people from everywhere to come live in perth? and put even more pressure on the water supply. i support water restrictions on a permanent basis. we waste way too much. we still use more than we should. but water restrictions are not the answer in a drying climate. wetlands are being drained due to ground water abstraction. this is not good for the ecological balance. birds suffer
violence. as cities grow so does crime. particularly person on person violence. nobody knows why. i reckon it is because big populations cause both our society to lose people and then offer anonymity to their subsequent criminal response. it’s easier to be a stat on the wrong side of the line in a big place
environment. what’s that? good question. it gets done over every time the mantra of growth is worshipped. we have to have growth. it’s good for everyone. it’s needed to secure the future of our kids. blah blah. it’s like a hampster on a wheel. what does it bring? gridlock, water shortage, violence, read on. we need a healthy environment to survive. one day we will pass the point of no return. already the swan river is buggered. the wetlands are drylands. may as well fill them in for more urban development. why not. nothing lives there!
prices. remember when perth was small and not booming? the cost of stuff like houses, services, local foods etc. was pretty reasonable. getting by is now on more people’s daily agenda. stuff costs a heap here. lots of different reasons. none of them good. profiteering cloaked in supply and demand arguments. it’s all circular – gridlock, water shortages and environmental degradation help cause high prices, in turn feeding violence. we have established our very own eco system. not a good one. i prefer the original
debt, charges and taxes. the bigger the city, the higher the charges. check anywhere in the world, it’s true. join the dots. the bigger we get, the more we will pay. where have all the proceeds from the boom gone? into feeding the growth machine. the hampster will never reach its destination. apparently this is good for everybody??