Poor city planning

Article written for the POST Newspaper by Linley Lutton

Taking on the establishment in parochial Perth is never easy, however our city is deteriorating rapidly and something must be done.

High divorce rates; chronic drug and alcohol abuse; increasing levels of depression, anxiety and aggressive behaviour; and, little permanent cultural expression, are just some of the social indicators pointing to a city on the edge of serious failure.

The future looks bleak as many young people abandon Perth for cities like Melbourne.

Market forces and planning policies are cited as the primary drivers behind city development and after many decades of poor planning policy and opportunistic market manipulation Perth has become the most unsustainable capital in Australia.

Governments endlessly build roads and developers subdivide land for low-density housing while avoiding the harder task of making our city workable and liveable. Continue reading

Perth waterfront project misses the mark.

Dr Linley Lutton

Posted December 1, 2012 by Western Suburbs Alliance

Regardless of all the hype in the media about the Perth waterfront project there is a very high probability that the project will stall before it gets started leaving Perth with a ruined foreshore and a huge scandal to investigate.

There are two fundamental problems giving rise to this likelihood. Firstly, the project was conceived with a ‘Walter Mitty’ mindset with little or no focus on reality, specifically the critical commercial factors. Secondly, the global financial crisis is about to get a lot worse for a very long time as China realises its vulnerabilities and big-scale speculative property developments in Perth will find funding almost impossible to secure. The Barnett Government has a real dilemma on its hands which it should already realise – how to pull out gracefully before things get a whole lot worse. Continue reading