Pittsburgh a old steel town is close to me 29 from the top. But notice
how Australian and New Zealand cities fare. Envy.... guess it is good
to have a great infrastructure. Notice US and Europe are lagging.
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
³Every conflict in the world today has its origin in the
The photo is just one new area of the CBD down by the river, the whole city
isn't like that, the 'burbs are just the same sprawl of any city of Oz.
However it is a nice place having been layed out before it was built unlike
most cities that grew organically. It can be very hot in summer and the
drinking water isn't good but it doesn't have earthquakes, cyclones or snow
storms. It does have top class vineyards up the valley, friendly people and
they host wonderful cultural festivals.
The full report is paywalled but they say this about the index:
"A rating of relative comfort for 30 indicators is assigned across five
broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education;
and infrastructure. "
You furriners will have to understand that most of these issues are largely
controlled by a combination of national and state governments (especially
stability, health and education) not so much the local government who have
little power. The Oz cities listed are all State capitals so the gov will
put resources into them that other cities don't get. The individial city
and its location has some influence on environment, culture and
infrastructure. Obviously economic forces have a role too, richer cities
tend to have better facilities, but Sydney and Melbourne are MUCH richer
than Adleaide which still rates higher.
Sydney also makes it into the "Alpha+" rating as a global centre of power,
it's sad that it is choking to death on cars and no real or potential State
government has the courage or ability to deal with the issue. I grew up
there and still love it dearly but had to leave.
Cities, schmitties, I'm a country boy and I want to see green hills and
trees. The nicest city (town) I ever lived in is Castillon la Bataille.
A town of 3,000 people, one hour east of Bordeaux on D936, where you can
walk to any place you want to go. It has two outdoor markets a week,
several restaurants, several bars, a Maison du Vin, and you are 20
miutes from St. Emillion. There was a little vegetable market nextdoor
and a supermarket (hypermarché Champion)two blocks away. Everyday you
can find the vieux garçons down by the Dordogne River playing petanque
and discussing the state of the world, until dinner time. You can walk
out of town in 5 min.
A 20 min. drive north of Castillon on D9 is Villefranche-de-Lonchat,
which is just west of a small middle class resort at Lac Gurson, where
two bedroom bungalows used to rent for $100/week. There is a bar next to
the beach on the lake where I spent a lot of time.
Did I mention that French girls don't where their tops when sunbathing?
My jaw was a sure giveaway that I was from out of town;O)))
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in
the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
I will take the country life also. In the township I live has a population
around 4,000 in a 40 square mile area. My township is also surrounded by
other townships. The school district here around 200 square miles with
about 10,000 students. The nearest closest supermarket is 10 miles away.
Nearest McDonalds is 15 miles. I was born and raised in the concrete jungle
and would never go back.
Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
A sure fire way to start an argument is to claim where you
live is better than some other place. I don't have that
problem because I live near Baltimore - the City that Slurs.
All of the Australian cities have reasonably good infrastructures.
The problem that is indigious to all countries the English
colonized is that the blood bastards left it with poor
infrastructures. (I wrote English so as not to include the
Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, the Manx, etc.)
I love Australia and wish to retire there. But look at the roads
that that span the continent. I drove the Nullarbor. It was a
two lane black top road for 1668 km (1036 miles), and you can't
drive after unless you want to risk totaling your car by hitting
The rail system in New South Wales is excellent and rivals any
inter-city system I seen.
If you want to see the beautiful view in the world, take a side
trip to Esperance in Western OZ.
I am confused. If they have reasonably good infrastructure (which is a
matter of opinion) how is it they are affected by the nature of the colonial
British who left them with poor infrastructure? Are you remarking that in
the 110 years of independence the natives have compensated for their
Well that't the nature of the beast, very long distances to travel and low
population densities except for right in the big cities. There are many
thousands of km of such roads and not much tax base to build or maintain
them. What price 3000km of roo fence? More important, because it affects
many more people, look at the roads in Sydney. Traffic jams day and night
every day. The city chokes on cars.
It's a pity the inter state system isn't used more but you aren't going to
get much more patronage while travel time is many times that of flying and
not much money saved and while people need their cars in their destination
city they aren't going by rail (except for one or two trains where you can
take your car). The intra-city rail systems vary between very ordinary and
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