After many attempts, the State is proceeding with plans for major redevelopment of the Perth city foreshore. However, the current scheme is over-designed, with tall buildings overshadowing the waterfront, and it cuts off Riverside Drive – a traffic-circulation disaster. Real-estate values appear to have overwhelmed community benefit. A plan with lower buildings and an elegant road bridge would still provide government revenue while retaining civic value.
It is not too late to revise the scheme under clear urban design principles
Northbridge “City Link”:
Again, real-estate values dominate the scheme to partially sink the rail lines on prime land between Wellington and Roe Streets. A once-in-a lifetime opportunity for proper planning – particularly provision of an inner-city civic park on what is, after all, public land – has been ignored. Also, abandonment of the previously planned Fitzgerald-Milligan Street road bridge is a failure of planning foresight.
And again, it is not too late to revise the scheme under clear urban design principles
Capital City Planning Framework:
These – and many other examples of uncoordinated and ad-hoc planning decisions – raise a broader issue – Perth needs to regard itself as a true “Capital City” with greater civic values and vision. A new “State Capital Development Commission” or similar body is called for, answerable to Premier and Cabinet.