Sydney plans to remove 'everything ugly'

Jan. 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM
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SYDNEY, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Sydney has a 30-year plan to "make life better" by burying power cables, expressways and train tracks, even getting rid of garbage trucks, officials say.

The city wants to remove "everything ugly," The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reported.

Main streets will be "offset by quiet laneways, park lands and attractions," Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

A report called Sustainable Sydney 2030 says powerful vacuums will be used to suck rubbish from city buildings, replacing garbage trucks; pipe systems will turn sewage into recycled water; train tracks and noisy freeways will be buried and gardens planted over them. Three town squares are to be built.

A monorail will be removed and an expressway replaced with a plaza.

Driving through the city will be virtually impossible, the newspaper said.

Most trips would be by bicycle, rail or on foot.

Major changes are planned for George Street, one of the city's most notable routes.

"It will allow us to transform George Street as a light-rail and pedestrian boulevard, providing new shops and cafes, and to rationalize bus movements and improve traffic flow," Moore said.

"We are planning to make life better, with an improved experience for pedestrians, quality architecture, public spaces and less impact on our environment."

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