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and 150 theatres. In 2011, cable cars carried more
than 7 million people across the city’s famous hilly
streets, while more than 16 million visited Golden
Gate Park. Tourism garnered more than $8.5
billion for the local economy that year, a figure
reflecting a city that not only knows its strengths,
but also how to play to them.
In Perth, it’s often said the city’s identity is
under construction. Local architect and academic
Beth George, co-founder of Spacemarket, says we
should embrace what’s already present. “Whenever
we identify something that’s peculiar here, our
reaction is to change or normalise it,” she says. “But
I think exacerbating those distinct qualities makes
for a city that’s absolutely unique.”
San Francisco recently launched a $383 million
redevelopment of its international airport to
enhance the visitor experience. Terminal 2 (T2)
was named the fourth best terminal in the world
by respected airline review site Skytrax. It includes
24 gates to house new wide-bodied aircraft.
Similarly, Perth Airport redevelopment
lends itself to satisfied customers, as passenger
arrivals have doubled to 12.6 million in 2012.
Domestic Terminal 2 (T2) launched recently,
featuring a sleek new interior and capacity for
36 aircraft. The new International Terminal 1 is
being updated to facilitate the new wide-bodied
aircraft, while its arrivals-processing area will
double in size. A redeveloped Perth Airport not
only provides an attractive face for the city, but
also ensures it’s a viable destination for locals and
visitors in future.
Add to that a rebooted public transport system,
and you have the framework for a buzzing city.
It’s more likely to feel like Perth than San
Francisco – but that can only be a good thing.
The San Francisco skyline.
The view of the city from Alamo Square.
“Infrastructure provides the nuts and bolts for something harder
to construct: the palpable energy of a city where architecture,
urban design and public transport work together seamlessly.”
Lombard Street on Russian Hill.
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