Monday, August 23, 2010
A different slant on Barangaroo
The developers must have heard that there was some unhappiness with what is proposed at Sydney's Hungry Mile, aka Barangaroo. Ah, they thought, we will appease this unhappiness by making the buildings even taller and they have. Here is the latest artist's impression taken from the Sydney Morning Herald.
Note one side of the water is low rise and this side will be highrise. Barangaroo almost looks to be an extension of the city with high rise buildings dominating. Matters not too much perhaps.
But, in between Barangaroo and Sydney city are people, real people living in their houses and going about their daily lives. There are businesses and local shops for local people, post office, pubs, churches, splendid views from Observatory Park. The samll area is known as Millers Point and it will be hemmed in on all sides by high rise.
Melbourne's Docklands must be over ten years old now and I think it is a fair call to say it is a planning disaster. Many people will call it as such. But look at the property prices there, I hear you cry. Ah, the tricks developers and agents get up to to maintain the prices.
Is Sydney about to make the same mistake? At least Melbourne's Docklands doesn't have much impact on the surrounding areas. Barangaroo certainly will.
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