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October 25th, 2004

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10:24 pm - The scale of things ...
So, I've been tinkering a little, and here's a little doodle illustrating the sizes of Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Melbourne. These are all at the same scale (according to multimap.com), and coloured in a way that hopefully makes sense.

Edit: I meant to also give some idea of the populations of these places - roughly 450-500,000 for Edinburgh, around 700k for Glasgow, something silly like 10 million in London, and about 3m in Melbourne.

Illustration of sizes of Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Melbourne

I've taken Edinburgh to be the area inside the A720, Glasgow to be areas with vaguely familiar-sound names, London to be inside the M25, and Melbourne includes the areas I consider suburbs (including Bacchus Marsh and Cranbourne ... if not suburbs yet, it won't be long).
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Date:October 25th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ridiculous, isn't it? Particularly the bit about expanding McMansions onto what was prime farm land. What with the abundance of good farming land on this continent and all... *sigh*

Since I've been with Dean Melbourne has expanded dramatically in the two directions I travel in most often (i.e. South-East and North). South Morang is now a suburb, there is no farmland left round Bundoora, and the South-Eastern Arterial runs through suburbia from the CBD to just after Berwick. It's not even that we really have that many more people, we just have fewer people/dwelling.

The stupidest development I've seen so far though is Laurimar. It's basically a suburb plonked down in the middle of paddocks. There is nothing there other than some houses and the now obligatory dam/lake thingy[1]. The nearest primary school is 5km away in Doreen. The nearest shops are either Whittlesea or South Morang. Apparently they are planning to build a school there.

If I wanted to live in the middle of paddocks I'd move to a country town where there's already some infrastructure, I can't see the point of living in suburbia in the middle of absolutely bloody nowhere. Wierd.

[1]And this may be a result of having grown up in irrigation country, but don't those ads with kids running along side the dam/lake thingy scream "drowning risk"? Or is that just me? I was taught to swim from about 4 because of the numbers of irrigation channels (not to mention dams) within walking distance of my house. And we were in the town! Also, this suburb-in-a-paddock thing - have any of these people heard of snakes? I just look at the long grass and wonder...
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Date:October 25th, 2004 11:52 pm (UTC)
One of my strongest memories of visiting Melbourne in 1975 were all the solidly built out housing estates sitting like islands in the flat grassland surrounding the city. Even back then it seemed like a rather strange way to go about expansion.
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Date:October 25th, 2004 07:05 pm (UTC)
1. I take it the middle blobs are the CBDs?
2. Can you add Adelaide on the same scale, with the city square mile in the middle, going to Elizabeth/Outer Harbour one way and Seaford the ather way?
3. Nice job.
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Date:October 25th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
I suspect a really frightening one would be Perth, whose sprawl, especially up and down the coast, is just incredible, especially as its population is so much lower than Melbourne.
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Date:October 25th, 2004 11:54 pm (UTC)
Just goes to show who has the larger island eh?

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