I was reflecting some more on my post (below) about public open space never being more than a couple of blocks away in Perth.
It's more or less true. But there's still a problem.
And that is that they're empty spaces. More or less.
A local government colleague used to refer to them as "green deserts". Another one agreed but said it didn't matter. "The important thing is that we see them" he said. "That's just as good as being in them".
Why are our parks so under-utilised? Because we all have a "park" in the form of a backyard.
More or less.
But or course the times they are a changin'. Urban infill is coming. At least I hope it is. Because it needs to. It's the key to us becoming an interesting city. Living closer together. You know, being neighbourly and all that. Like the Italians. And the Spanish. It astonishes me how many Aussies don't even know the people who live next door.
This is a bit of a loose ramble, huh? But I think you see what I'm getting at. Something's definitely wrong about empty parks. It says something about us. Exactly what I'm not sure.