Grass is Greener

16 01 2013

When it comes to the places that we live, I think the majority of us suffer from the ‘grass is greener’ syndrome. No matter where we live, we are so quick to judge our Cities; to focus on what is wrong with them; to put them down.

When it comes to Mandurah for example, having lived here most of my life, I will happily admit there are plenty of things that we can focus on that will improve the place; things like its vibrancy and identity, building a sustainable, dynamic culture and the like (not to mention those pesky mosquitoes!). Having spent five weeks travelling America though, I am more convinced than ever that we have the perfect canvas for a truly unique City right here in front of us.

The biggest lesson I’ve taken away from my USA adventure is that cities are built for people. We, as the people who live here, have the opportunity to shape the way our City grows in to the future, and the decisions that we make as a community today will have significant impact on the type of place we live in 10, 50, 100 years time. This is why we need to talk more about our collective visions for the future, and not just let things role out around us.


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