Why Melbourne is always brought up in planning conversations.
Melbourne: way more sustainable than your city. Here’s a few reasons why.
This is really nice.
But (always a but)
It should be remembered that this is talking about the initiatives within the City of Melbourne - bounded by the Maribyrnong, The Yarra, Punt Road, Victoria Parade and Parkville in the north - not across all of Melbourne, the capital of Victoria.
Sure, all of these initiatives are commendable - the urban forest, and public transport for one - but it is worth nothing that those two elements have been built into Melbourne’s fabric for a very long time. It is naturally a hub of public transport, and many of the renowned gardens were established in the 1800s when they were seen as necessary for the populace to escape the ‘sin of the city’.
So I’d argue it’s livability is very much thanks to the legacy of earlier planners who decided these things were worthwhile features of a city.
And it’s worth also noting that Melbourne as a whole, not a fractured subset represented by one council, has barely built any new major public transport infrastructure in fifty years (save the extension to South Morang), and is currently in the midst of vociferous debate about building a new freeway on the edge of the city.
And the "urban forest" as a concept is championed by many, though, by and large, across the entire city we are seeing a decline in canopy cover as people build larger homes on their blocks as street trees are seen as a nuisance rather than a public good.
I hate being another Negative Opinionated Person On The Internet, but perspective is needed on this vanity project for the City of Melbourne.
And furthermore, lets not also forget the the mayor of the City of Melbourne is not necessarily the nicest guy and we should at every opportunity remember that, when the Queen came to visit, he sanctioned this on a bunch of idealistic teenagers who decided to protest in the city for a bit too long.
Plus the video’s ugly.Source: goingurban