It has been odd the past week to read on the one hand about the decline of rust belt american cities (attempting to manage their shrinkage so that they become svelte rather than misproportioned), and on the other hand about the endeavours of Justin Madden and his cohort to loosen Melbourne's once rusty belt by a good 41,000 hectares. That supersizing will apparently fit 284,000 hefty new McMansions out into the dangerous green zones where kangaroos get shot .
And they have the audacity to say they are, "Delivering Melbourne's newest sustainable communities". That word sustainable sure gets a beating these days.
[The city] spreads around over an immense area of ground.
Mark Twain (visiting Melbourne in 1891) from More Tramps Abroad ( FROM PTUA )
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