Forced High Rise in Sydney and the results

Under its Metrostrategy the NSW Government plans to force high-rise onto communities so that 50% of dwellings will be high-density. This is in spite of the fact that surveys show only 7% of Sydneysiders would like to live in high-rise.

Last year I attended a Kensington/West Kingsford community precinct meeting which was addressed by the local member and then Minister of Planning, Kristina Keneally. The community was objecting to some huge high-rise developments that were being planned and gave existing Waterloo high-rise towers, known to many as "suicide towers", as examples of what they do not want. Ms Keneally however said these towers are wonderful developments and that she personally knows many residents there who are very happy and would not change that style of living for anything else.

A story by Josephine Tovey in today's Sydney Morning Herald (29 July 2010) paints a somewhat different picture. Click on

to read about drug sellers and prostitutes becoming such a problem that concierges and security gates are needed in these high-density paradises.

What they call "Smart Growth" is more likely to turn out to be "Dumb Slums". But of course it does not matter what the people want - the Government knows best, especially when fortified by developer donations.

Yours sincerely

Tony Recsei

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