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Sydney is increasingly a global city, linked to Asia by migration and international corporations, and growing tourist numbers, from traditional Bondi Beach to the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and leading up to the Millennium Olympics. This book is the first contemporary overview of this exciting city, tracing the history of change from the existing physical contours, and natural hazards, to the cosmopolitan multicultural city of diverse ethnic spaces. It traces the planning issues, from environmental management to high rise building and urban consolidation, reviews the dynamic economic base, from agricultural markets to financial services, and examines spatial diversity in health, housing and amongst the real or mythical western suburbs. It examines the way in which Sydney has been seen with respect to art, literature and music, and seeks to chart its destiny into the next millennium.Sydney has the nationa#39;s worst air quality, though that is improving; winter haze is declining since backyard ... Air pollution in Sydney now costs around $300 million a year, in terms of health costs alone, and a further $13 million in building cleaning costs. ... Beach pollution drastically declined after community anger over a#39;sewer surfinga#39;, caused by thousands of megalitres of sewage pouring daily out of near-shore outlets, finally resulted in new deep-water outfalls constructed threeanbsp;...

Author:John Connell
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2000


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