Hey there Readers,
Look, currently I lead a busy life. I work a casual full time equivalent job which leaves me tired every week night (I know, welcome to the real world). I also do Uber driving on top of that to get a bit of extra income. On top of that, I have this driving passion about Sydney, urban planning, and Sydney and urban planning combined. I love my city – I feel so passionately about it. But, I don’t have the time to do what I want to do about it! Sorry for the bad englishes today, I’m just trying to ‘get this out there’.
Currently, Sydney is going through a rapid growth spurt. What is happening now is shaping the future – what’s to come, how Sydney will look like, be like, behave, what it will be like to live in, for current and future inhabitants.
Yet, this momentum is not being handled well. There is a bunch of dullard cronies in power – a slight over-statement, but not too far off the truth in my opinion – that I will substaniate on later – but let me just say, they are making short sighted, stupid decisions that will make the Sydney of tomorrow a worse place. Even where there are benefits to their decisions, there is so much more ‘synergy’ that can be done to make things properly worth their while. I’m fed up with these bastards ruining my city. Also, the opportunity costs are extravagant – the resources we’re pouring down the drain today cannot be spent tomorrow because they’re being spent today! And because these resources are not being spent well – the gain we get back is not in proportion to what we put in – we are missing out on huge, enormous, opportunity costs.
In many ways, this is vandalism. Vandalism of my, our, city. Vandalism of the future of it – what it will become, what it’s like to live in tomorrow.
The big pluses of Sydney in my opinion are the diversity of it. Not just within its people – ethnically, socially, culturally, you name it, there’s at least one of everyone here – but within its natural environment, its built environment, the diversity of its suburbs, it’s (increasingly less) suburban centres.. Sydney is a city that has no one face. Oh, it has some very well known faces – Manly Beach, the harbour (and its many faces), Bondi and some of those eastern suburbs. These are very well known, but they are nowhere near the full picture of Sydney’s patchwork quilt. The city changes so much as you travel from place to place. I love that about it. It’s got a bit of most things here. And, as a fairly non-standard individual myself, I find myself at home in Sydney because I am able to carve out a home for myself within this kaleidoscope of pretty much everything. Some people don’t like this, but I, and many Sydneysiders too it seems, do. Sydney is an ‘international’ and ‘global’ city, it’s in its DNA. If it rips that out, it wouldn’t be left with much. It’s just what it is – a melting pot, a haphazard, unfocused town, with differing bits n pieces building a.. patchwork.. whole.
Yet, the powers that be like to look at our city in a fairly narrow way. Baird and many of his cronies are plain old Northern Beaches private schooled priviliged white boys. And that, it must be said, is very much one face of Sydney. And that’s fine. But, I feel ultimately, he is bringing that world view and imposing it on so much of Sydney.. Baranagaroo, the so-called ‘metro’ (it’s really not a metro as classically understood – more on the ironies of metro and its function later), Darling Harbour and ‘Darling Quarter’.. I can’t fathom the impetus for these projects are done, until I look at the driving forces behind them – and those driving forces are connceted closesely to Baird and his worldview. Then, it suddenly makes sense why you’d put a metro stop, at great expense, at the northern tip of Barangaroo, far away from the main office blocks. Why you’d love a kind of pointless super luxury tower built by Packer as the feature of Bang-a-roo..
Why Westconnex is being done the way it is – it’s destroying for example the areas around Sydney Park – and any future opportunity costs to do something with that area.. it’s a decision borne of pure ignorance. He doesn’t know these areas. He spends his time surfing off the golden beaches of the Northern Beaches (old money, white, god’s country). He is an idiot. I am so frustrated, and angry, that these huge projects – once in a lifetime scale projects – are being done so poorly, and literally behind closed doors – Westconnex for example is Commercial In Confidence, meaning the whole fucking thing – including detailed plans, costs, cost benefit analysis – is sealed off to the public. What the fuck. It changes every other month, so no one knows how it will actually look, how it will actually function, and this is $16 billion(!!!) of our money – public money, paid from our taxes, GST, stamp duty – being poured into this mammoth fuck up. And that’s not to mention the farce of the so-called Sydney ‘Metro’.
Our city is being run by a bunch of idiot incompetents. And these incompetents have just ripped the guts out of the state’s anti-corruption watch dog. This is not a good time to be in Sydney. Our future is being fucked over by these selfish bastards. Our social, civic, and entertainment life has been suffocated down to state-approved ‘festivals’ and ‘laneway whatevers’. Gee, give us some space to be ourselves! That is what Sydney is and should be! But you are suffocating it!
Anyway, I know this rant is a bit scattered, but I just had to ‘get it out there’ whilst I have the time this morning. I’m also in the process of moving – just exited a four year relationship – so I really am busy busy busy. I’m also applying for uni through a special consideration thing, coz I really stuffed up uni the first time. I don’t really want to go to uni, but I’m hoping I’ll actually learn something, meet people who I can learn more off, etc etc. The first time – architecture at USyd – was a freaking waste of time. Hardly learnt a thing. In fact, there wasn’t even much formal learning. Just lots of bullshitting. I’m hoping City Planning at UNSW will be different, assuming I get in.
So yeah. That’s my rantey fired up thoughts for this morning.
Let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I also really really really want to get on board with all my wild ideas! About Sydney, about urban planning, about templates for city making into the future, highly habitable urban design… All of it! I want to do it! But I have no fucking time because I have to earn $$ to live and just get by – another thing about Sydney, it’s too fucking expensive, and this is also wrecking its way through our fabric. At least these indolent bastards have become aware of this – though they are dealing with it in an underperforming way.
Right, that’s enough of this for now.