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so lovely about streets
with trees... and tables
spilling on to footpaths"
Danielle Benda, editor
Get up and get out!
YOU STILL READ a bit about how dull Perth is.
Columnists, bloggers and talkback radio callers
whinge about how there is nothing to do here. It is
still fashionable to be a little bored and dinner party
conversations stray onto how provincial we are.
But you know what, I think they are wrong.
I think they just haven't got out and had a good
look around lately.
Now, I'm not saying that Perth is about to knock
New York off its pedestal in the exciting city stakes,
but I can tell you that more and more, there are
some great places to go in this town.
This issue we have featured a selection of
suburban streets (page 62) that are shaking off their
tatty old images and glamming up. They are great
places to go to shop, eat, have a coffee, enjoy a
drink or simply while away a lazy afternoon.
There is something so lovely about streets with
trees down the centre and tables and chairs spilling
on to the footpath, people enjoying the winter sun
and shop windows beckoning us in. With restaurants
embracing such a diversity of tastes, new small bars
opening up apace and boutiques presenting us with
a wonderful range of choices, there is simply no
excuse to moan about the lack of options at sterile
The city centre itself is really opening up with a
range of great new shopping areas, little laneways to
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explore and ambient small bars. There is no doubt
that the vibe is also spreading through the suburbs.
In the evenings there is plenty to do all through
the week and our nightlife feature (page 58) can
point you in the right direction. This edition we also
introduce our new nightlife guide (page 210) with an
extensive list of Perth's bars and clubs.
Of course, much of Perth's new buzz was
triggered by the mining boom and it seems that,
despite the global meltdown of the past couple
of years and the concerns about the impact of
the Federal Government's mining super tax, WA
is headed for boom times again. Whether or not
we are directly involved, we will all feel its impact
as we face up to labour shortages, higher rates
of immigration and enormous pressure on our
environment and infrastructure. Not to mention
inflation and interest rates. Read more on page 74.
The next few years will bring many challenges
But they will also bring many benefits, not the
least of which is the evolution of Perth as a vibrant,
multicultural, sophisticated city, taking its place
alongside the other great cities of the world.
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