Minister for Planning, John Rau (The Advertiser 07/01/13) glosses over some ugly consequences of Adelaide’s development plans.
Deborah Bogle (The Advertiser 03/01/13) expressed it beautifully. We may desire a city with more buzz and excitement; but will we just end up with more boozy brawling streets that are unsafe in the day as well as at night.
If Mr Rau wants to attract more residents to the Adelaide CBD, their safety is essential. Already many city streets and alleys are unsafe to walk at night.
South Australian’s do tend to cringe at accusations that Adelaide is boring, a concept to which John Rau gives credence.
An article in the Economist entitled “The lottery of life” endorses the view that boring is best when it comes to ranking for a healthy, safe and prosperous environment. To our credit Australia ranks second among the countries of the world when it comes to quality of life for 2013.
Please town-planners, keep Adelaide beautiful and boring!