Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Perth is physically a beautiful city. The outdoor landscape is gorgeous, it’s clean, the beaches are stunning and the river is magnetic. It’s not very hilly but there are some lovely rural areas close to the city. The lifestyle is laid back. There is plenty to do but you have to seek it out. My main criticism is that it lacks the energy and vibe of other cities; in winter, it’s closed. It’s alive in summer. In winter, everyone stays home. It’s called the ‘nanny state’ as the shops close at 6 pm, no drinking in the streets or after midnight, and there are loads of rules. The people tend to be judgemental of anyone enjoying themselves over the age of 30. There are limited outlets for older people who want to have fun. It’s great for bringing up a family or spending your adolescence at the beach. For employment, other than mining and resources, it is a long hard road to your ambition. There are limited avenues for publishing work; getting any freelance business up and running is a major achievement. The creative fields are generally underpaid.

Sent by Robin from Perth, Western Australia

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