Towers in the sky

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/letters/8-million-by-2050-the-liveable-city-20080804-3pw4.html?page=-1
Towers in the sky

I REALLY have had enough of Bob Birrell blaming migrants for every ill in our society. Recently it was climate change (The Age, 23/7) and now it's the housing and transport crises (Comment & Debate, 4/8). Ironically, Birrell alludes to potential solutions to these problems in the same breath that he blames them on migrants. He implies that we need to build multi-storey apartment blocks rather than houses on quarter-acre blocks and invest in new public transport infrastructure rather than more roads. We need to move beyond the antiquated quarter-acre block pipedream and our petrol-guzzling ways and accept that higher-density living and public transport are the ways of the future. We pride ourselves on being a European-style city, but have been slow to adopt European attributes. The building and transport industries, along with government, need to take responsibility for proactively resolving these challenges.

There is no denying that the global population will continue to increase at a rapid rate over the coming years. Melbourne will bear some of the brunt of this, and we need to prepare for these changes instead of burying our heads in the sand.

Benjamin Creek, North Melbourne