I now live in Skew Street. It is interesting and informative how streets are named. In Sherwood, the predominant pattern is for streets to be straight, running E-W. While its orientation is the same as the others, Skew Street is indeed very definitely skewed/kinked.
Having looked at the urban qualities of the commercial centre of Sherwood, my own street is an interesting case study of the varying approaches and planning controls on medium density housing. It is changing rapidly from ‘timber and tin’ traditional detached Queensland housing to a diversity of multi dwelling arrangements.
True, that these examples represent the diversity of development over a 25 year time span in a 350 metre long street. But in an urban quality sense, we do not seem to have moved forward at all. It is clear that local authorities have surrendered attempts to benchmark excellence. But if they cannot stop crap, what is their role at all? Most property owners’ interests stop at the front boundary. It is the local authority’s responsibility to guard the quality of the street and thus the city or town being made or reshaped.
Only one bad piece of development sets a dangerous precedent. It is never alone. There is another and another and often snowballs out of control. One case may be tolerable but it is not an unreasonable criterion to apply by asking – what if a lot of people started doing the same, as they will. How would that be? What kind of street and city would that make?
While I have no plans yet to move from Skew Street, I have very serious concerns for what is to come. (A builder’s power pole has just been erected in front of the old house adjacent to my Eastern boundary.)