The main problem with Adelaide isn’t the never-changing skyline nor the nimbys, it’s these silly comparisons to a city of 4 million and the mentality that the ‘grass is greener on the other side’. We will never be a Melbourne, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be a vibrant buzzing city.
The negativity towards Adelaide has sadly become part of our culture and upbringing, with most of the negativity coming direct from us locals. It’s little no wonder why we sometimes feel that Adelaide is going backwards, the resources boom wont happen and life would be so much better interstate. When our main newspaper is always full of negative rubbish, stupid comparisons to Melbourne aswell as the loud vocal NIMBYs that want Adelaide to remain a large country town stuck in the 1880s. Then there is the people that want Adelaide to fail, yet strangely some of those ‘people’ still live here... Throw in the jokes from interstate, terrible infrastructure and it’s simply not hard to work out why it has become part of our culture.
I have half a dozen of friends who have already moved interstate over the last year. Another half a dozen is currently in consideration. Apply that to the overall population and you can see how bad this is affecting our state. I am trying very hard to not move interstate because I still have hope that our state is going to turn its fate around, and here hoping that if it does, then at least if I stay on, we will be in a better position what that time comes around.
This city and state are already turning around for the better, it's just most people haven't realised it yet or don't want to believe it.
For the past couple of years there has been countless small changes throughout the city that have made a positive impact on Adelaide. Including the Anzac Hwy Underpass, Bakewell Underpass, Glenelg tramway Overpass, Port River Expressway, railway upgrades, street improvements, stack load of new major retailers hitting the city, CBD developments and the Adelaide City Council losing it's power to approve or reject major developments. Not to mention our festivals continue to get bigger each year and many other changes.
This year alone we have seen the completion of the Northern Expressway, Port Rd tramline extension, Entertainment Centre Expansion and the construction of the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and the State Aquatic Centre.
Though the biggest change has been the tramline extension and new trams, it has not only open the door for rejuvenation of the southern CBD, West End and the inner north western suburbs. But it has improved connectivity between Glenelg, Adelaide CBD and Hindmarsh and due to it's massive success it has paved the way for tramline extensions to Port Adelaide, West Lakes etc.
However next year will be the start of major changes that will change Adelaide forever. After a century of discussing whether to electrify the train network, the overhead wires will finally start being erected next year (happy day for many!). Duplication of the horrid embarrassing Southern Expressway and SA's first railway extension in 33 years will start construction next year. Though the biggest construction site will be the massive South Road Superway which will be the largest single road project in SA's history and possibly Australia's longest road bridge.
Construction will also start on the $1.7bn new Royal Adelaide Hospital, which itself will be quite a construction site (hello cranes). Other things to look out next year will be the completion of the Desal Plant and the commencement of Bowden Village, Harris Scrafe Redevelopment, many CBD projects and possibly the long-awaited Lecornu Site. There is also growing speculation that the ACC and State Government will release plans for a major overhaul of the historic height restrictions.
Aaand maybe the resignation of Mike Rann, but that's just speculation
While over the next 5-7 years, that barren wasteland just north of North Terrace will finally become a major state tourist drawcard including a world class stadium and expansion of the Adelaide Casino and Convention Centre.
After complying that post I will simply not buy into this rubbish that Adelaide is doomed and what not. When only a couple of years ago we classed the Anzac Hwy Underpass and the $31m tramline extension as major infrastructure projects, not to mention we thought we were stuck with AAMI Stadium for another 20 years or more... Look at us now!
And that isn't including the mines and defence industries
I believe this time next decade Adelaide will be in a much better position