Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

For Those In Sydney.

Bob Carr is leaving.

I don't know what to think. It's hardly a surprise, since his wife sold her business, and they bought a giant farm in New Zealand, but now that he's promising to leave--that he's finally said, "I'm going, fuck you all."--I don't know what to think. Sydney in the hands of someone else. What an alien thought. Will it be good? Bad? I don't even know if you can say that Carr's reign itself has been predominantly good or bad. Sydney pretty much exploded over the last ten years in housing and population and it's position as a cheap film set for Hollywood. It basically become the first of Australia's global cities with the help of the 2000 Olympics (or, as everyone in the Sydney media likes to say, "The Best Games Ever.") and to a certain extent, Carr just rode the boom... but on the other hand, NSW is reportedly one of the highest taxed States, the expansion of housing in the city was not done in an environmentally helpful fashion, and Sydney has essentially become a city where the only thing that is free is the air you breath. Space, as in all global cities, has become a means for State revenue and Carr's Government has bled that wound daily.

But he's leaving.

What a curious place this'll be for a while.

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