Residents of Kings Cross, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo
The following editorial comment by David Mills appeared on p43 of the Wentworth Courier on April 25th 2012:
There’s a deeply pessimistic view that some people have when talking about Kings Cross.
The Cross will always be the Cross, they say. You can’t change it.
But the character of the area in fact fluctuates pretty widely – and I’m not just comparing its history as a quaint bohemian enclave to its current state.
Over the last 10 years, the Cross has gone from a place best avoided, full of aggro ice addicts engaged in their endless junkie melodramas, to a place that experienced a resurgence as a going-out hotspot, packed with the clubbing set. But now, it seems to have returned to its very worst. Wentworth MP Malcolm Turnbull described it on ABC radio yesterday as a ‘war zone’ and he’s not far off the mark.
But if the Cross can deteriorate, it can also improve. Our cover story this week suggests five ideas that have been kicking around for some time – some deserve a trial at least. The Cross doesn’t need to be turned into Mosman, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be cleaned up, either.