Read this and get inspired.
As the blurb says:
"Lynden Miller proves that beautiful public spaces, planted and maintained to high standards, have the power to transform the way people behave and feel about their cities".
And as she herself says:
"Make it gorgeous and they will come, keep it that way and they will help!".
Amen, sister. Can you come to Perth and talk to us? Seriously, Councils, get together and pay for her to come. She will show you how to utilise private money to create the public open space the public wants. And she can show you how to get all the players on board. Do it while you can. She 'aint no spring chicken no more ;) But I bet she'd be up for it. Clearly she's not the sort to shirk a challenge - nor take "no" for an answer (!)