and…RoiMartel wrote:Exactly! People hate change, ( especially here in Adelaide ) but this type of development is great for Norwood. Apart from the 2 proposed developments at the eastern end of the parade, there is room for atleast 5-8 more along the length of the parade IMO. And with the return of light-rail along the parade, I see Norwood's future as bright, bustling and a perfect site for such developments. A lot of people want to live in an apartment, but why should the CBD be their only choice. This is good, sound progress.
It's not that people hate change...or progress (whatever that is). People hate it when it affects their lifestyle and wellbeing. Many who live in Norwood would rather see it stay as is. I'll bet most have worked hard all their lives, paid off their homes and now want to enjoy their fruits. If you were one of them would you like a 5~6 storey apartment peer over your fence? That's the issue. It's not about vibrancy, bars, cafes, trams, young people, etc. If people can't have their peace they'll say stuff the vibrancy.omada wrote:Yep the above comments are spot on. Norwood, as it stands, is pretty vanilla (I work off the Parade), but with higher density and the associated inflow of younger people & people below 80 and the tram, I feel it could become a nice hub of bars, shops etc.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against apartments being built in Norwood. If they were to be built, they would need be well thought out and built only in the right places. The Bath may well be one of those as it is mostly car park. The other development close to Portrush Road (Nuova) is also well placed. The others who knows. Along the Parade there are a few allotments where these could be built without too many issues. Hopefully they would be combined with retail and commercial spaces. Most importantly though, they would need to leave room between their developments and peoples' private properties.
One issue many seem to forget is when you build up the population you also need better traffic management. Not everyone will walk, ride a bike, catch a bus (or a tram). Many will want their own car. They will need off street parking (which will probably be incorporated in the development itself) as well as on street parking. They will also need viable streets that are not choked up alleyways.
If Adelaide had cheap public transport you'd have more density. We do have a reasonable PT but unfortunately it’s not cheap. So taking the private car out of the equation will not work. Australian cities are not like our counterparts in Europe...and never will be. This is a notion many here need to understand. The transition from single storey homes on quarter acre blocks to highrise apartments won’t be simple. It will cause many issues. In some cases not beneficial. I hope we can mix it well enough though, so that we will not ruin what we already have.
P.S. RoiMartel is an interesting moniker. Martel was never a king. Maybe he should’ve been.