All great cities have water as their focal point
Images from a number of cities in Australia and overseas
One of our members just told us about this beautiful 'creek' - and walk - and a top-rated USA bike path - that is at the heart of Boulder, Colorado, USA. You can read more about it here where, among other things, someone said: “An oasis running through an attractive city”.
Armidale is fortunate to have been chosen as the site of the first Australian university in a regional city - established in 1954.
Can we in Armidale re-imagine our creeklands to allow a little ‘punting’?
It might not be as grand as Cambridge in the UK with its high rainfall environment but we could have a lot of fun trying!
How to repair and revitalise urban drains into functional rivers ...
The issue of how to repair and revitalise urban drains into functional rivers is an issue common across the world. A tale of two rivers in Kuala Lumpur and in Los Angeles is described in a podcast from the BBC world service available here. We learn from this broadcast that in the case of Los Angeles, the renowned architect Frank Gehry has been brought in to help come up with a Master Plan. They aim to transform a largely polluted channel into a living river, complemented by bicycle paths and suited to kayakers.
In Armidale, our challenge is that we will need to be just as creative in coming up with solutions - but without the budget of a large city and without Frank Gehry's help (unless he sees this and volunteers his services!).