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I'm interested in how car dealerships can ruin urban areas.

Like most things, what patricii and plebs end up with are quite different thing, and prove the rich have less adverse effect.






 

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...est-can-be-saved/story-e6freuzi-1226426067788
Mr Borger, who grew up in Sefton, loves the area so much and says he wouldn't live anywhere else.

The former Parramatta mayor outlined his vision for the area he accuses both Labor and Liberal governments of letting down.

Top of the hitlist was the notorious Auto Alley, which Mr Borger described as a dingy, "back entrance" to Sydney's second biggest city.

"It's a windswept and dingy place. There are no trees, it's hot in summer. Have you seen it on Google Earth? It's just this vast grey area, of caryard superblocks"
He said he would like to see the strip turned into a leafy boulevard with campus-style urban living opportunities and businesses to attract and keep Gen Y residents in the west, while creating an overall more vibrant atmosphere.

"It's the second largest CBD and frankly, it's a windswept and dingy place. There are no trees, it's hot in summer. Have you seen it on Google Earth? It's just this vast grey area, of caryard superblocks -- not really a gateway at all," he said.

"It's like having a nice house but asking people to walk down a dark alley and climb over a back fence to get to it. There should be a mix of business and residential together with landscaping along the strip, as well as the caryards."

Loved this comment, as an aside

M. Hassler of Sydney Posted at 9:47 AM Today
The comments from "readers" above outline exactly why Sydney, and western Sydney will never improve. Do the citizens of our once great city really deserve improvements? Because of negative bogan attitudes which have infested the western suburbs, no foresight, no dream, no confidence - thats the reason why we are in this mess. Perhaps it's the citizens of this city that need to take a good hard look at themselves. Pathetic with no vision. I agree with you Mr. Borger, but it seems so simple on paper, the real results are alot harder to come by, as you will see by the barrage of moronic comments from readers that will follow.
 

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Interesting thread NSWP. When you consider the amount of space used for the activity, car dealerships do impact on the urban landscape. Auto Alley is an excellent example - the contrast between the developing Parramatta CBD and the low density car yards to the south are quite startling - more so when the southern gateway acts as the main route into Parramatta from the M4. No wonder Mr Borger is pushing for redevelopment in the area.

One example of a car dealership retrofit is the Audi at Five Dock on Parramatta Road (the ultimate conga-line of car dealerships). While the fitout didn't reduce the amount of space used, it certainly contributes more to the streetscape and looks tidy compared to most other car yards in the area.


Link: http://www.euroluce.com.au/index.php/projects/audi-five-dock-showroom/

Somehow I don't think the standard family-owned used car dealer will be able to afford to jazz up their business in the same way...
 

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Why don't we get shopfront car dealerships in Australia? They look so much better than the dingy Parramatta Road style car lots.
Costs too much to operate. Many of the dealers in Zetland/Roseberry/Alexandria are formerly of William Street and surrounds (and in various lengths of time past)
 

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couldnt agree more, why is it taking so long to get things moving in Auto Alley? I have been a resident here for over 20 years and 15 years ago there was talk of redeveloping auto alley into high rise. I think bottom floor showroom/retail with residential on top is ideal. Hopefully with the new liberal parramatta council things might finally start moving! for the sake of the local economy lets get things moving!!!
 

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They want Auto Alley to be commercial though there have been calls for residential development. Also the Heartland Holden dealer closed back in April.
 

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just noticed that heartland proposal that has the backing of council 2 35 storey residential blocks behind and 8 storey mixed use building in front suermarket type operation at bottom with commercial/residential on top. It is being pushed through as a way to stimulate development in auto alley, it also has been supported by state planning authority and will be on public display soon sounds exciting!
 

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I like how the new Audi dealers all have the same futuristic design, it really boosts the brand. The main dealer on southern cross drive would probably be the best looking car-dealership in Sydney and it really suits the area with the modern high-rises going up around it.
 
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