Friday, August 29, 2014

The world's most liveable city, bah humbug

Apparently from two different sources, Melbourne is the world's most liveable city. Once source was the Economist magazine. Well, they should be in Melbourne on a Friday night when people are trying to get to places.

Orrong Road, Armadale closed due the road collapsing with buses diverted. Kooyong Road stop start from High Street to Dandenong Road. Dandenong Road clogged with traffic. Traffic banked back from Flinders Street to Dorcas Street in St Kilda Road, and then back from Toorak Road to High Street. Queens Road, stop start in both directions. Dire long journey time warnings on the Monash Freeway and City Link into the city. City trams packed to overflowing. St Kilda Road trams inbound full, one after another, leaving people behind who just want to get home.

Tweets from Yarra Trams, due to traffic congestion in Chapel St/High St/Burke Rd/Clarendon St/Swan St, trams are delayed, except Yarra Trams spelt Burke as Bourke. Nothing like a little local knowledge by our overseas owned tram company. On board tram announcements of delays from the control centre were unintelligible as they are delivered by someone with a very strong foreign accent. I thought heavy accent PA announcements disappeared in the seventies?

Personally, I used my knowledge of back streets and alternative streets to get home from work, and I did so in a reasonable time, half of what it would have taken had I stuck to my normal route. How can the traffic be so extraordinary at 7.30 pm!

As someone once replied to someone complaining about traffic congestion, you are the problem. Well you who are using our public transport are the problem too.

There are some quite nice aspects to Melbourne, but travelling on roads or public transport is not one of them. I am past caring whether I travel by car, train or tram. I just want each of them to work, and they don't. Might it be to do with Melbourne is overpopulated, congested in the inner city and congested in the middle suburbs, and congested in the outer suburbs, and congested in extreme outer areas. There are just too many people and nothing is well managed. The same population lives in a much smaller area in London and much more successfully.

World's most liveable city. C'mon. Don't talk wet.


14 comments:

  1. Some years ago, the same people decided Brisbane was the most liveable city. I felt the same way. My gripe with Brisbane is, you go to a fringe theatre during the week and after the show, try to get a cup of coffee. No chance. Most cafes and restaurants are kicking their customers out by 10.30-11.00 PM and won't serve you a cup of coffee. Most European cities are open all night long, now that's what I call liveable.

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    1. Well Bill, go back to where you came from, and take me with you. For early risers like me, cafes in Europe not opening by 7am is a little annoying. I heard a work manager who had been at a conference on the Gold Coast complain that there was nowhere open to dine at after 7pm. I find that rather odd and surprising.

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    2. Mate, that's absurd by any stretch of imagination.

      If a cup of coffee after 10PM is your biggest determining factor to vote for a city as the "most liveable", then why not move to some place like Pakistan? I hear they serve coffee and tea all night.

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    3. Thanks for your comment WM but Bill won't see it and comparing Pakistan is not really apples and apples.

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  2. Melbourne is very interesting city,But most cities have pluses and minuses no is perfect one. Maybe European cities are friendlier and we can compare London, or Vienna to Melbourne these cities are very popular with tourists in Europe.

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    1. Gosia, Euro cities are much better for walking and seem better designed for people. We don't really have the large squares and plazas that are found all over Europe.

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  3. I find crowds difficult. And confronting. And very, very often our cities have many more people in them than they were designed for - or can cope with.
    Here it is difficult to get a cuppa early, and often difficult to get anything late either.
    Mind you, the roads here are pretty good. Which they need to be because our public transport is woeful.

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    1. EC, I think this applies to most Australian capital cities. I really hope Canberra does get some form of light rail and it needs to service the ANU. In th early eighties we were in Canberra and could only find one place open for an evening meal. The owner was drunk and very gay friendly and we had a terrific time in her company.

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  4. We've been told that Adelaide is the most liveable city. Yet we've also been told that Adelaide is a backwater, nothing more than an overgrown country town. I don't care for either description, I'm just happy that we aren't as congested as Melbourne or Sydney. Or New York!
    We have congested roads, sure, but not to the extent of your city, we can still get home within reasonable times.

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    1. River, Adelaide is a grand city, with beautiful buildings and wide open roads. It is growing too, and needs to prevent these misfortunes found in larger Australian cities.

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  5. The initial reports of Orrong Rd were that a truck had gotten stuck in a pot hole. It set me off on the giggles!!

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    1. As you may remember Fen, I drive along that road to and from work, and when I went past in the morning and looked up the road, I thought wtf, the whole arse end of the truck has collapsed. It wasn't until I was home at the end of the day that I learnt what really happened.

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  6. You have to wonder if the people who make up these lists have actually been to the cities they mention or just take their facts from statistics.. which seem to alter very regularly :)

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    1. Grace, I think from stats. The criteria is not what we would have if we wrote a list.

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