APART­MENTS NOTH­ING MORE THAN PRISON BOXES

Joondalup Weekender - - Opinion -

THESE units are lit­tle boxes (Con­cern over apart­ments plan, Week­ender Sept 14)

Lit­tle boxes like Joni Mitchell de­scribed in her song. Liv­ing-kitchen-meals ar­eas that you couldn’t swing a cat in. Bed­rooms that look out on to carparks and bed­rooms that only have hi-light win­dows so they are like prison cells. A tiny kitchen with next to no use­able bench space and bath­rooms that are also the laun­dry. Nowhere to dry your clothes though.

The ground floor units have a lit­tle bit of court­yard space but most of it is paving.

Those on the first floor miss out be­cause there is no com­mu­nal green space where peo­ple can in­ter­act and have a chat. So­cial in­ter­ac­tion is ob­vi­ously not per­mit­ted.

The whole com­plex is gated. Is that to keep the in­mates in or is it to keep every­one else out? Not a so­cia­ble or liv­able so­lu­tion at all.

There have been many, many stud­ies (City Univer­sity of New York for one) that have re­searched and have pub­lished nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles re­gard­ing the so­cial, phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal harm done to the peo­ple liv­ing in high den­sity dwellings sim­i­lar to the flats pro­posed for the com­mu­nity of Edge­wa­ter.

This is a ‘no-brainer’ peo­ple . Stop this build and any oth­ers like it.

JIM CUNNINGHAM Edge­wa­ter

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