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April 13 2011

Liveliness and pleasure are keys to City's future

Victoria SquareThe future of the City of Adelaide is tied to its liveability and quality of life, according to leading research economist Professor Richard Blandy.
 
Professor Blandy, an Adjunct Professor with UniSA’s School of Management and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, says liveliness and pleasurable experiences are fundamental to the City’s future success.
 
He will give a lecture on ‘The Future of the City of Adelaide’ next Wednesday April 20 at the Adelaide Town Hall. The lecture is being sponsored by UniSA, the City of Adelaide, and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
 
Prof Blandy says that in 25 years time, the population of the City of Adelaide will be 40,000 to 50,000 people, living predominantly in multi-storey apartments.
 
“These people will be younger, more economically active, more highly skilled, more cosmopolitan and richer even than the population of Adelaide as a whole,” he says.
 
“They will want very high quality living spaces to meet their needs – think Paris. We need attractive laneways, a rethought Rundle Mall with water features, some winding pathways, trees and flower boxes, and our Squares developed for recreation rather than simply being traffic intersections. Our parklands need more active and passive recreation possibilities; we need more cafes, restaurants and playgrounds, and a footbridge across the Torrens to Adelaide Oval.
 
“The City’s future could be one of fast growth or slow growth, depending on what decisions are made, but its future really depends on it being lively, liveable and pleasurable.”
 
Prof Blandy will base his lecture on detailed economic analysis and projections for the City to 2026.
 
“The lecture is set to affect the debate about how Adelaide should plan for its future. It will change perceptions about how the City, the parklands and the inner suburbs should evolve,” he says.
 
Following Prof Blandy’s lecture, UniSA Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Høj and City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood will respond.




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