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Adelaide heaps indifferent! (Part one) : Comments

By Malcolm King, published 13/5/2014

What are we going to do about a girl called Adelaide?

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A perfect description of the Adelaide I have come to know from visiting a relative and their family who live there.

I don't see Adelaide and South Australia (and Tasmania for that matter) changing anything while Australia has the ruling elites that it currently has. I include here the politicians, the bureaucrats and the lobby groups. What is required is a vision (in fact any vision) and then the determination to drive and get there.

Right now the elites are saying that "we" (as a nation) can't do anything or develop anything. Only the private system can develop. But they only build where they can see a profit for themselves not for the community as a whole. So in the current mindset, SA and Adelaide are on a train. Yes a slow one that is already breaking up in a wreck.

Between the elites who can't dream of a Snowy Mountain scheme, Ord River Scheme or a Sydney Harbour Bridge (especially the scale that was built) and NIMBYS who oppose any specific proposal because it is over their back fence or threatens the last 2 pairs of frog-foot dinosaur, it is now impossible to actually dream, develop and build anything of significance in Australia.

Regards
Dkit
Posted by dkit, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 8:28:34 AM
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And you would prefer a traffic choked concrete jungle like Brisbane has become perhaps?
Leave it alone, it is great as it is.
A well kept secret and a very livable city.
Posted by ateday, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 8:53:07 AM
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Indeed, Ateday,

It seems that the author is envious of those who are not as deeply bogged down in the global rat-race.

http://endofthegame.net/2012/04/20/zen-story-the-tiger-and-the-strawberry/
Posted by Yuyutsu, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 9:19:33 AM
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We live in Cagayan de Oro City in northern Mindanao, but when I used to live in Adelaide from 1983-1994, the comparison couldn't be starker.
CDOC is a city of about 700,000, compared to Adelaide's of over a million, but the streets here are choked with traffic, the pedestrian crossings are mostly ignored - except for Divisoria - and despite a Clean Air Act, the blackbelching jeepneys are a constant source of visible daily pollution.

A new airport was opened last year, but when it rains, planes can't land because it still hasn't got ILS fitted in. And its runway is too short, and terminal already overcrowded. Compared to Changi, it's not even in the race.

But my son was most impressed with Adelaide's airport - clean, spacious, scenic, and easily accessible. Just like the well planned roads, but from me, personally, Portrush Rd could do with some widening and quieting and more trees.

One city works well, the other barely; why? good planning, good governance, and good roads.
Posted by SHRODE, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 9:36:47 AM
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The big difference SHRODE is that your city can't stick it's hand out for billions of dollars every year from those who live & WORK in those bustling cities ateday denigrates.

Sooner or later the rest of Oz is going to get sick of seeing their hard earned money wasted in propping up the waste of space that Adelaide, & indeed South Australia & Tasmania have become.

AS we run into so many problems maintaining our standard of living, even in our prosperous states, we will not have the luxury of supporting these dynasore states. When they have to pay their own way, the picture may not be so rosy.
Posted by Hasbeen, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:19:38 PM
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Hasbeen has hit the nail on the head. I wasn't writing about bike paths, parklands or urban design. The article is about whether SA is financial. It's not. What effects will this have on young people? How will it fund local government services? It's an attack on short term planning and 'do nothingism'.
Posted by Malcolm 'Paddy' King, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 1:33:17 PM
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