Before I get into what I want to say, let me give you some background about where I have lived.
I grew up in Melbourne, but moved to Sydney, due to work, when I was 24 years old. I remained there, on and off, for the better part of 20 years. I moved back to Melbourne in 2003, but still have friends in Sydney and consider it my "second home". I love both cities.
I was in Sydney for the 2000 Olympics and thought what a great city to stage this event. Before the games, the city spent millions of dollars, amongst other things, on "beautifying" the city and surrounds. Sydney not only looked great, but staged a great event.
But something happened after the games. I noticed a slow decline in the appearance of the city. It seemed that Sydney had spent all its energy (and money) on the games and there was nothing left after. There was no one particular thing, but I did notice a decline in appearance of public areas. Footpaths needed repairing, roads surfaces were in decline, Pitt Street Mall was in dire need of a facelift, Circular Quay was dirty and unattractive..............the general appearance of the city needed a real spruce up.
It was two years later in 2005, I returned to Sydney and noticed that the city was even worse than when I left. It was disappointing to see Sydney in this state and I made comments about it on another forum.
In the last 12 months I have been to Sydney on numerous occasions - most recently last week. And what a magnificient change I have noticed in the last year!! The city is once again looking great. It's as if the entire city has been given a good clean out. Pitt St mall is again looking good since the re-devolpment of Westfield, footpaths have been repaired and cleaned, Circular Quay has had a (minor) face lift, World Square has brought live to the west end of the city...........the list goes on.
Last week I really enjoyed my time walking around the city thinking that once again, this is a beautiful city!!