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I rode past and had a look a few hours ago at the bus station. I am impressed. Looks great. It will be a celebration when the old bus station is blown into smitherines (if thats a word), and the new towers are put up
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Wow, it looks fantastic.
Haven't been past there in a while.

Does anyone know if the word BUS is still appearing on the curved section?
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I hope they still put that up - was a nice touch.
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When is this due to completion? I might be doing some regional travel, so I'd like to use it when it's done.
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From ABC News. Those apartments look pretty sweet. I didn't know they'd be for the homeless or low income earners!
Inspired thinking houses the homeless

New apartments for the homeless and low income earners have been officially opened in Adelaide.

The 38 apartments are above the new Adelaide bus station in Franklin Street in the city.

They are part of the Common Ground project, supported by property developers, business, the South Australian Government and Adelaide City Council.

The project arose from the efforts of former thinker-in-residence Rosanne Haggarty, who runs similar projects in New York.

She has returned to Adelaide for the opening of the housing.

"I could not have imagined that the state could have moved so quickly to put a project in place," she said.

"It's really unprecedented in my experience to see, in a short 15 months, the project board has been organised, resources assembled from across government and the public sector, a beautiful building identified and completed."
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From the ACC:
555 new car parks open in Grote Street upgrade

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Visitors to the new look Grote Street precinct will enjoy the added convenience of a brand new car park, which will open from 7.00am Monday 19 November.

Positioned above the newly constructed Adelaide Central Bus Station, Adelaide City Council’s latest UPark offers casual parking for visitors, as well as long term parking for workers in the area.

Lord Mayor Michael Harbison said the new UPark provides ideal access for the millions of visitors to the Central Market and Grote Street precinct each year.

“In 2006/2007, UPark catered for a record number of parkers across the ten car parks. This new UPark provides an additional 555 bays for visitors, including twelve conveniently located disability access parks.

“Each of the bays has been designed to be wider in order to make parking even easier.

“With an entry directly off Grote Street, visitors can enjoy ease of parking at affordable rates when visiting the City for shopping or dining.”

The Grote Street upgrade is now complete, including widened footpaths, new paving, a new set of traffic lights and the relocated flag poles from King William Street.

“Grote Street is looking completely refreshed and welcoming for visitors to the area,” said the Lord Mayor.

“When the Bus Station becomes fully operational, the revitalisation of the precinct will really come to the fore.”
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An article from today's Advertiser.
City flats for homeless
Article from: The Advertiser

JILL PENGELLEY

November 17, 2007 12:00am

HOMELESS people will move into apartments above Adelaide's new bus station by Christmas.

Premier Mike Rann yesterday toured the Franklin St Common Ground project, which includes 38 studio and one-bedroom apartments.

The $6 million development is a joint effort of Government and business, with companies including Ikea and Designer Direct furnishing the units.

A second project, in Light Square, will convert the former Sands and McDougall building into 60 units.

It is due for completion by the end of next year.

"This is a spirited new phase in the fight against homelessness," Mr Rann said. "We're demonstrating just what we can achieve when we pool our energies and resources."

The scheme was inspired by former Thinker in Residence Rosanne Haggerty, who founded Common Ground and persuaded New York City to turn a historic Times Square building into housing for 652 homeless people.

In Adelaide for the opening yesterday, Ms Haggerty said she had been surprised how quickly SA had moved on its first project and that other Australian cities were watching with interest.

"This really is a catalyst project for something that's a tremendously inspiring, important initiative for your country," she said.

Support will be provided to connect the housing project's residents with work and community services.
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"This is a spirited new phase in the fight against homelessness," Mr Rann said. "We're demonstrating just what we can achieve when we pool our energies and resources."
Nice, so now interstate visitors will be greeted by homeless people... yeh nice... very "New York slum".. I know that sounds insensitive, and it's great that that this type of development exists but surely they could be housed as part of another development?
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"This is a spirited new phase in the fight against homelessness," Mr Rann said. "We're demonstrating just what we can achieve when we pool our energies and resources."
Nice, so now interstate visitors will be greeted by homeless people... yeh nice... very "New York slum".. I know that sounds insensitive, and it's great that that this type of development exists but surely they could be housed as part of another development?

Im sure it wont be housing the types of people that usually live under bridges and sleep on park benches. But rather those peoples that are on a list for housing commission homes.
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omada wrote:Nice, so now interstate visitors will be greeted by homeless people... yeh nice... very "New York slum"..
I'm fairly sure that this means there not homeless anymore, and just because they're homeless, why does that mean they give a bad representation to visitors from interstate? Does nobody in those states know what a homeless person looks like? How could you possibly so insensitive to such an important project. I know this is a development forum but couldn't we just put humanity before construction for one second?
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not too mention that in stacking up the economics they probably got more govt grant for homeless accommodation than trying to sell for student housing or bottom dwelling private accommodation - lets face it living above a bus station is not high on most people's list
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bva wrote: lets face it living above a bus station is not high on most people's list
Unless by "Homeless People" you mean Backpackers (well, they're homeless - temporarily at least), who are quite happy to be living above the bus station! :)
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Sounds great pikey. Regarding a few previous posts how about we try to be a bit decent. Paying out homeless people is low, this initiative is great. Or should they sleep in the western parklands and freeze to death when it gets down to 2 degrees in winter? Come on show some respect :roll:
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UrbanSG wrote:Sounds great pikey. Regarding a few previous posts how about we try to be a bit decent. Paying out homeless people is low, this initiative is great. Or should they sleep in the western parklands and freeze to death when it gets down to 2 degrees in winter? Come on show some respect :roll:
Actually such comments do not surprise me. There were about 20 similar comments posted at Adelaide Now under the article. In the last decade I feel that the notion of the 'fair go' has been slowly downgraded bit by bit and in its place an increasingly mean and tricky society has developed.
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Post by Will on Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:03 pm

UrbanSG wrote:Sounds great pikey. Regarding a few previous posts how about we try to be a bit decent. Paying out homeless people is low, this initiative is great. Or should they sleep in the western parklands and freeze to death when it gets down to 2 degrees in winter? Come on show some respect :roll:



Actually such comments do not surprise me. There were about 20 similar comments posted at Adelaide Now under the article. In the last decade I feel that the notion of the 'fair go' has been slowly downgraded bit by bit and in its place an increasingly mean and tricky society has developed.
I acknowledge that my earlier comment may have sounded a little insensitive, but I never suggested we leave people to sleep in the parklands, I was merely questioning the rationale of having this development above a major interstate bus station... just my opinion, there's nothing wrong with debate and discussion on the issue
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