New York, New York

16 01 2013

What better way to finish a five week investigation of vibrant Cities than a week in the City that never sleeps, New York. Even after the devastation of hurricane Sandy, the buzz of this place could be felt from the Moon- but, who’d want to live here!

Dirty, overcrowded subways, traffic jams that never end, New Yorkers stuck in an ever-moving rat race, poverty stricken suburbs badly hidden behind all the glitz and glamour of the main square… This place is over- indulgence on steroids.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great place to travel through, albeit only for a few days. Some ice skating in Central Park, a few good Broadway shows and visits to the monuments. It’s been a stack of fun, and a great way to finish things up over here, but what I take from New York is a not a lesson on what helps make a City a great place to be, rather something to avoid. The fundamental lesson, and an important thing for Mandurah to keep in mind as it grows and evolves into the future, is not letting being bigger overshadow the needs of our community, the ingredient that gives our City it’s heart.

Of course, I’m not drawing comparisons between the hussle and bussle of New York to any future version of Mandurah, but I believe the lesson is still an important one. That our community’s vision for building a future for Mandurah with vibrancy and personality needs to be built around a commitment to staying true to our unique heritage, our people and our strengths. Any push for vibrancy or identity that is built around just being ‘bigger and better than before’ will fail.


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