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Sydney learning from Shanghai to become a global leader… but how?

21 January 2017

Some very interesting insights on Shanghai http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/shanghai-seeks-to-rival-london-new-york-as-one-of-the-worlds-best-cities-20151216-gloqmu from @AngusGrigg

Some items the NSW government planning need to consider to achieve the goal of Sydney being a global city. Global companies (and capital) now follow the workers as opposed to a generation ago when workers followed the companies and employment opportunities. Knowledge and creative workers are attracted to cities with an after hours economy (no 1am lock out), a vibrant creative scene (both small and large scale), eclecticness (urban grit is preferable to pristine bland Truman Show type suburbs), great public transport (metros not new express ways), great urban design with viewing streets as ‘places’ not just traffic sewers to get cars from A to B (Oxford Street could be greatly improved with tree plantings like Crown Street, and abolishing the clearways), independent, authentic and creative retail, cities with healthy communities (people who know their neighbours), Great public spaces and parks, sports stadia that embrace many of these principles (will giving the SCG trust a shiny new stadium suddenly make it a great experience if they can’t get the soft stuff right?), walkable streets that will contribute to better local retail from increased visitation (great tree inventory that makes it pleasant to walk in the scorching Sydney heat) . Urban environments are complex ecosystems and the items highlighted above are bit a very small part, however small decisions can have significant positive or negative implications for Sydney’s urban environment (i.e. 1am lock out laws)

While Sydney is certainly doing many things right highlighted by regular high placing is liveability indexes, if Sydney is to become a truly global city (for all not just the inner city suburbs) much more needs to be considered from what the worlds best global cities are (or not) doing. There is certainly some lower hanging fruit that could be addressed in the short term.

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