A vision splendid - Peter Fitzsimons
This was in the Sun-Herald last Sunday!
BRING it in tight. Here's the plan. For many a moon Sydney has struggled with the ugly slash across its very face that is the Cahill Expressway, perched above Circular Quay railway station. While other great cities in the world – such as New York, San Francisco, Mumbai, London and Paris – present an open and glorious vista at their major point of scenic entry, we have the wretched Cahill.
Paul Keating was the last leader of any description who had a look at getting rid of it but had to abandon such thoughts because of the $90 million price tag and the enormous logistical difficulties.
But here is the thing. This week the news broke that the Circular Quay ferry terminal is riddled with concrete cancer and will have to be replaced. Good! Why not – are you still with me tree-people, God bless you, I am singing for you too? – rebuild the whole terminal 100 or so metres out into the harbour, put landfill in the remaining space and have that as the principal city square?
It could be our version of the fabulous Piazza St Marco in Venice, 'cept instead of the Palace of the Doges dominating at one end, we'd have the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and harbour right in the palm of our hands.
What WAS he on?