Wednesday, 28 January 2015

9. What wouldn't I miss? Private cars in the CBD ...

Top shot I took Sunday just gone, when the mercury tipped 35C. From the Pylon Lookout, facing south looking along the Bradfield Highwy. Two historic shots below: first by Max Dupain in 1938, second by John Tanner in 1956. Both show vehicles streaming south from the bridge.

I wanted to say that I would not miss Sydney's traffic snarls, but as I no longer drive but go everywhere by public transport, this may seem self-serving. What I dream of is a city so well-serviced by public transport, that individuals no longer take their private car through, or into, the CBD. Park the vehicle at a hub 20 kms out, and train/bus in and out. IMO, the CBD should be for the use of pedestrians, and cyclists. And light-rail, whenever that comes.

So, should I have to leave my be-lov-ed city, which I will only do in a box, I will not miss the bumper-to-bumper cars endangering the lives of pedestrians.

And so we come to the 10th post in this series. I know what it is now, but it only occurred to me this morning. I've been pretending to be Bach, what with my theme and variations. Shall reveal all this coming Sunday, Theme Day. Back to ferries tomorrow.

11 comments:

Joe said...

I shall look forward to the reveal on Sunday Julie.

mumbaiiteanu said...

Lovely series of what you would miss in Sydney. I too am looking forward to the one on Feb 1

Alain said...

Très belle, ta première photo. Sur la gauche on distingue une immense cheminée. Peut-être une ancienne usine.

Andrew said...

I don't know if you have been to European cities, but it was fairly clear to me last year that cars are not really welcome in the centre of cities, towns and even small villages.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I'm waiting for the day when we have cars that fly so we can have freeways in the sky blotting out the sun.

Julie said...

*chuckle* ... Thank you, Joan.

Julie said...

Andrew, I have been to London, Paris, Rome, and Barcelona. Plus a number of largish cities throughout France. The four majors in this list, were plagued by cars. I spent one memorable arvo watching vehicles scream around the Arc de Triomphe.

In Italy, many of the medium-sized towns, with city walls, attempted to keep cars without the wall, but not always successfully.

Julie said...

Alain, I am working on providing you the story of the large chimney to the east of the southern approach to the harbour bridge. It can be seen in all three of these images.

freefalling said...

I love that curvy building on the left amongst all the straight lines.

William Kendall said...

I look forward to your final reveal!

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Your photo is very impressive.