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How did Pyrmont come to be?
-The Suburb of Pyrmont has transformed from a flourishing industrial area to one of the most ruined parts of Sydney, to the trendy, assorted community it is now.
-The history of Pyrmont began in 1815, when Australia’s first steam-powered mill was built in Darling Harbour.
Pyrmont used to be an area of-
-Abandoned and vandalised buildings,
-Boarded up shops
-Unused port and transport infrastructure
-Overgrown rubble-strewn lots
-Today, Pyrmont is a lively mixture of industry, small businesses and residential areas.
-An advantage by the government called the ‘Better Cities Programme’ led to great developments within the suburb, attracting a wide variety of new residents and establishing a pleasant, village-style atmosphere in a place that was almost wasted beyond repair.
Factors contributing to change
Global media networks
-Pyrmont is home to the headquarters of several corporations including American Express Australia, Vodafone, Fairfax Media, Accenture Australia,Google the Network Ten News studios and department, and radio stations.
-The Star casino dominates the Darling Harbour waterfront of Pyrmont and the Sydney Fish Market is located on Blackwattle Bay. Jacksons Landing is a residential and commercial property development located on the northern part of the peninsula.
•Terrance houses in Harris and cross streets have been renovated to house craft workshops and a local police station .
•Unused railway yards have been cleared and the area is now occupied by Novotel grand Mercure and ibis hotels, the harbour side shopping complex and convention and exhibition centres
•Streets have been renovated and a coordinated tree-planting programs have been taken
•Pyrmont was once a vital component of Sydney's industrial waterfront, with wharves, shipbuilding yards, factories and wool stores.
•As industry moved out, the population and the area declined. In recent years it has experienced redevelopment with an influx of residents and office workers
How have the facilities, liveability, housing and traffic
Pyrmont transformed into one of Sydney's most important industrial areas.A power station,wharfs,railway good yards,a waste incinerator,wool stores and quarries.It has also become the center of clothing and footwear manufacturing.
The Impact of change today
Australian Explorations -Geography textbook and booklet
The housing in the area is aesthetically pleasing and the community is relatively friendly and active.The streets are buzy and would not be suitable for younger kids.From sight it was apparent that that air was polluted and the streets seemed well swept in some areas.
The most common types of housing found in Pyrmont are 1st the Modern home units (1957) the prices of these units are very expensive ranging from$500,000 - $3,000,000 per week.The second most common house was Victorian Terrace(1872) the price of these vary.The terrace are expensive due to it being historical and vintage.Terrace in good care are ranging from $600,000-$3,000,000 per week.The other house types(cottages) which were not as common ranged from $800,000-$1,000,000 per week.
Of occupied private dwellings in Pyrmont 0.2% were separate houses, 5.7% were semi-detached, row or terrace houses, townhouses etc, 93.6% were flats, units or apartments
More Impact of Change in Pyrmont
Location of Pyrmont
A major element of change in these cities has been the technological developments in both shipping and cargo handling. As ships grew larger and containerisation became common, many port facilities were left unused. They were replaced by large mechanised terminals capable of berthing very large vessels.
-In the 2011 Census, there were 11,618 people in Pyrmont of these 50.9% were male and 49.1% were female.
-The median age of people in Pyrmont was 32 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 8.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 6.1% of the population
-Of people in Pyrmont aged 15 years and over, 36.4% were married and 10.4% were either divorced or separated
-The most common ancestries in Pyrmont were English 18.1%, Chinese 13.9%, Australian 11.9%, Irish 7.0% and Scottish 4.6%.
The main streets are buzy there are approximately 10 vehicles passing per 15 minutes.The are usually heading towards the main center complex,recreational areas,or business buildings.The types of cars spotted in the area they are usually average cars(Toyota,Ford) with an occasional BMW.Travelling vehicles were found such as Taxis,though many buses were not to be seen.
The peninsula has seen enormous change in the past 30 years, with the population climbing from a low of 1590 in 1981 to almost 14,000 in 2004.As Sydney continues to expand, suburbs such as Pyrmont and Ultimo have been identified as suitable for high-density housing. During recent re-development, the challenge has been to maintain a sense of community and preserve local heritage.
-Over the last hundred years much has changed. Apartment blocks have replaced industry, and terraces have been demolished to make way for shops and offices. A walk along Harris Street is a walk through history: tiny 19th-century terrace houses, corner stores, pubs and the massive wool stores of the prosperous 1880s co-exist with more recent arrivals such as the University of Technology and the ABC.