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Deaths and Destruction
Russell Degnan

This is vaguely planning related, lest I be accused by Anthony of drifting off-topic again.

Amongst many notable deaths in the last few weeks, a few individuals were involved to planning. No, not Slim Dusty, unless you think "The Pub With No Beer" was an impassioned argument against liquor licensing. But Garrett Hardin, originator of the phrase "Tragedy of the Commons" and author of the "Population Bomb". The original essay is here. FWIW, there are loads of sustainability related essays on the same site.

Also - and this isn't planning related - Edward Said. The implications of which, for Middle East peace, cannot possibly be positive. David Sucher (or City Comforts) writes what he learned from Edward Said, which is good advice.

Finally, there is an excellent exhibition on at the City Gallery at the Melbourne Town Hall (go through the HalfTix section) called Fire and Flood in the Heart of Melbourne. We should be glad that the semi-annual floods and muddy streets that used to afflict Melbourne are no more. I don't think it is untrue to say that the first mark of a civilised society is the humble paving stone. The idea of rafting across Elizabeth Street isn't appealing.

General 28th September, 2003 18:20:48   [#] 

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Roads...
A funny thought just occured to me, the romans made sure that their roads were perfect, and this was some two and a half thousand years ago...In the 50's, Melbourne's outer suburban housing estates had little in the way of roads. ???

(I know, I know, I should back up this half-baked reply with some links in the body of the text, but I really can't be buggered at the moment)
J.C. Thomas Anderson  28th September, 2003 22:49:53  

Said
Edward Said is an incredibly inspiring man. Going back on a lot of his writtings I have studied over the past 2-3 years I'm constantly reminded of just how far we have to go as a society. You can find many of his articles at Counterpunch One of his best though is "The Nation is Not United: The Other America" from March this year. Totally unrelated to planning and slightly cumbersome (ooozing angles) but a really good read anyway :P


Len  29th September, 2003 11:39:24  

Roads
Well, they had only just built the suburbs, so it shoudln't be surprising that some amenities hadn't been installed. No doubt on the edge (or in the slums) of Roman towns there weren't any roads either.

As a rule, there are probably five reasons to build a road: Defense, Trade, Public health, Looks, All-weather access. It is interesting to note, that the further down the list you go, the less roads are a government responsibility, and the more an individual property owner responsibility. In the case of Roman highways, the first reason was the most important. For suburban land-owners in the 1950s, it is, at best, a public health issue. Which explains why they didn't have roads for a while.
Russell  30th September, 2003 12:51:48  


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