Seoul demolishes another expressway…

Seoul is rapidly developing a reputation as a leading Asian green city.  First it was the Cheonggyecheon Expressway which was removed and replaced with a naturalised parkway, and now it is another 1960’s monster…the Ahyeon overpass. 

‘After the success of the Cheonggyecheon expressway’s demolition in 2003, subsequent projects caused little concern. The artificial river laid out in its place in 2003-05 – at a cost of $359m – created a 9km green swath through the city centre, which is much appreciated by pedestrians. The price is high because every day 120,000 tonnes of water has to be pumped into the river Han to feed the channel. But it has transformed nearby streets and even brought a 3.6C drop in average summer temperatures’ – see the article for The Guardian below…

aheyon overpass

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/13/seoul-south-korea-expressway-demolished

These images of the Cheonggyecheon expressway before and after are staggering….

Joe Linton

Joe Linton

Joe Linton

Joe Linton

Adelaide’s Urban Koalas

Copyright Daniel Bennett

Like stray dogs, these 4 legged hairy perpetrators of mass Eucalyptus destruction run the gauntlet of authorities on a daily basis. Having inspected the recycling scheme in this street in Mitcham, it moves its focus to the next food source: an available Gum tree. 

This one, having spotted me as the animal paparazzi, makes a run for a deciduous tree instead and instantly regrets it.  Having aimed too low, he/she makes a run for it….

These koalas must be stopped so we can continue to destroy their habitat for our urban infill….

But seriously: this is an amazing story that less than 5kms from Adelaide’s city centre this very large koala was in no hurry and would not be hurried. It raises serious issues in regards to urban habitat, our native belts of Eucalyptus trees and how we can co-exist with these amazing, if not a bit slow, creatures.  Some interesting articles on urban koalas (Koala suburbis) and what some of the issues are…

http://theconversation.com/koala-cul-de-sac-development-a-dead-end-for-wildlife-9047

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/05/28/2912023.htm

http://www.zoossa.com.au/adelaide-zoo/animals-exhibits/animals/mammals?species=Koala

http://www.backyards4wildlife.com.au/index.php?page=backyards-4-wildlife

This 4 legged Mitcham resident makes a run for it Copyright Daniel Bennett

This 4 legged Mitcham resident makes a run for it
Copyright Daniel Bennett