Tim Flannery once predicted that Perth might become “the 21st century’s first ghost metropolis”. Instead, the city faces something even worse:
The capital of Western Australia, where some 1.8 of the state’s two million residents live, left this New Yorker mesmerized: Could a city really be so easy, breezy, green and pristine — so positively livable? I’d thought Williamsburg was hipster heaven; it pales beside Perth.
Destroy it. Immediately.
‘The local lefty scribes see Perth a lot differently, but what’s not to like about Perth from a surprised New York visitor.
I ate a divine organic breakfast at the hotel — eggs and smoked salmon on homemade rye, accompanied by portobello mushrooms and what tasted like the freshest coffee ever ground. Australian coffee culture is serious, doctrinal business, complete with lexicon: Know thy “long black” from thy “flat white.”
Every day of my 13-day stay was sunny, and I mean not-a-cloud-in-the-sky sunny, almost synthetically sunny. […]
My own South Perth coffee from a recent visit:The Perth skyline. Fortunately, I am not restricted from space for pics like the NYT is. Read their piece, it’s not what Flannery imagined at all, but read likes a fantastic travel brochure from the WA Tourism people.