Alex McKinnon ranted in 2016:
From police horses in pubs, to $400 fines for riding on the footpath to disgusting old houses with actual mouldy dead bodies in them that sell for $1.1 million at auction, Sydney is already streets ahead in 2016’s Shittest City in Australia award. The lockouts have torched the inner city’s once-vibrant nightlife, Westconnex is going to turn some of the city’s most liveable suburbs into one giant spaghetti junction, and the state government’s made it even easier for little old ladies to gamble away their retirement savings by approving Barangaroo, James Packer’s latest giant, dick-shaped monument to himself.
…The future of Sydney is gyms. In ten years, everything will be a gym. The Harbour Bridge will be a gym. The Domain will be a gym. Alan Jones will be a gym. Who needs a nightspot where one of history’s great bands might play a cheeky gig on a Saturday night when you can go do synchronised arm exercises with office managers while a would-be army instructor screams at you over a Pitbull EDM remix?
Passive aggressive psychogeography is a specialty of this place where topological contortions are ground into undifferentiated suburbia.
The ecology/trophic analysis:
There are lots of parks. they are really good. The ones that are easiest to get to are listed in Sydney Train Walks
Better future Sydney
Retirementland Sydney is hostile to parties (not just the method of political organising, also the joyous celebration of the human spirit) and we’re doubling down on that.
I’d overheard some Spaniards calling Sydney ‘El Cementerio’ — ‘The Cemetery’ — and there was something sepulchral about the silent spaces. That look of desolation distinctive to the top of Oxford Street (the civic pockmark of empty storefronts and For Lease signs) was spreading all over the city. Taylor Square could have been hosting a memorial service, and in a way it was. Already the iconic Flinders Hotel, the Exchange Hotel — home to a number of venues — and Taxi Club had closed down, and the closest nightclub was to be replaced with a government-funded “family-friendly” cycle hub.
“Noel, noel is a great nostalgic Christmas carol that reminds me of a more simple time before coward punches, but it really needs to be enjoyed in moderation. It’s interrupting my small town BBC murder mysteries. I’m a caucasian post-war Australian. I’ve never had to make a compromise in my life, and I don’t plan on starting now.”
Frontyard projects (frontyard wiki, Frontyard slack) is a singular thing; an arts space in the Inner West of Sydney which collects assorted missing pieces of medium-density living; A usable writing space a collective library, a shared garden, rooms for thinking in etc.
Sydney Alliance is a miscellaneous actor here.
The Sydney Alliance is a diverse coalition of community organisations, religious organisations, unions and schools that uses the tools of community organising to make the city a better place to live. The idea of building a Sydney Alliance was first raised in May 2007, and by November that same year was financially supported by 13 organisations. The Alliance launched with 45 partner organisations on 15 September 2011.The Alliance has three goals. We work with our partner organisations to:
- Increase and strengthen the leadership capacity of their members, their leaders, and staff.
- Deepen the relationships across civil society by strengthening the relationships between our partner organisations.
- Act for the ‘Common Good’.
The Tenant’s Union has many campaigns.
Over 2 million people rent their homes in NSW. That’s one in every three households. Many of these are families, as well as an increasing number of older people, and people sharing homes. […] But the reality is that rental laws in NSW aren’t fair. Renters don’t experience the same security and comfort in their homes as homeowners. Many are constantly worried about losing their home and feel they are powerless to assert their rights.
This might be unfair, but the gradualist administratively responsible Tenant’s Union does not exactly grab me with their campaigning strategy. They present as the kind of social organising that my grandparents might do, and do not have the muscular cashed-up prestige presence of the real-estate lobby. Perhaps Better Renting, schooled in a more modern, disruptive, social-media-savvy era, might be the goods.
Sydney Alliance claims to be active here:
Since 2013 The Sydney Alliance has called on the NSW Government to support action on affordable housing through a plan, with numerical targets, to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in NSW. Our campaign has helped persuade the NSW Government to introduce ‘Inclusionary Zoning’ for affordable housing — but this is just the start.
The high life
Currently that means: benefiting from our excellent produce and gourmet food options. See Sydney food suppliers.