Sydney as a Global City

Train screencap/image from 5 centimetres per second anime film

Sometimes it takes someone outside the problem to see the problem and its solution, but whether or not we choose to listen to these individuals is the problem.

"The main thing is investing in infrastructure and land use systems so that you reduce costs by increasing supply," says [Greg] Clark[, an adviser to the Organisation for Economic Co-ordination and Development on cities and fellow at The Brookings Institute].

Clark observes Sydney has a "very low" mass transit coverage by world city standards and a relatively high car-dependency for a world city at 70 per cent plus.

Density is also a problem, at just 40 per cent of London's and 20 per cent of New York and Singapore.

Overall, Sydney needs to improve the story we tell the world, says Clark, who is visiting Sydney as a guest of the business-backed Committee for Sydney.

Of course, it’s not the first time that those visiting from overseas have mentioned that there is a significant issue with our public transport system, housing etc etc and tried to suggest ways in which we could improve it. Unfortunately I don’t see a plan for long-term change right now, nothing like the wonderful systems of other countries. Inevitably, it must be better than other countries as well.

I will allow that they made an admirable effort during the wild weather though, which was much appreciated even if not oft-voiced. Amidst the delays, at least it got us out of the rain and eventually took us to our intended destination.

There’s a whole lot more interesting details in this story if you care to take a peek.