More than the economy

Re ‘‘Melbourne exodus a huge hit to economy’’ (The Age, 3/11). But a larger economy does not make a more desirable city. Are we aiming to be like Beijing or Los Angeles?

Ask Melburnians (not the property industry) what factors would indicate a better city. Ask those who are trying to buy a home, are delayed in traffic, or seeking peace in a parkland, whether they want Melbourne or its economy to get bigger. Let us have an intelligent debate about the measures of a city’s success and move on from the lazy measure of the size of its economy.

Ian Penrose The Age 5 November 2020

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