Henry Johnstone, Sydney - Australia - on 14/6/12
In a rather odd move designed to double the size of Sydney's night economy, a 24-hour library is being proposed at Custom's House in Circular Quay.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, plan called 'Open Sydney: Future directions for Sydney at night' is to go before the council later this month which outlines five goals for the late-night economy for the next two decades, one being to attract a greater mix of people, events and businesses to the city at night and boost annual late-night turnover to $30 billion by 2030.
The proposed plan also outlines that cultural institutions and galleries would stay open late and property owners would be encouraged to take a leaf out of Vivid Sydney's book with year-round creative lighting displays on building facades.
The draft plan follows research last year that found only 6 per cent of people out in Sydney after 11pm were age 40 or over and midnight crowds in Kings Cross were bigger than those on Pitt Street during morning peak. It advocates restricting growth in key late-night areas, while opening commercial rooftops, to dining, bars and cinemas, or forecourts and underground train stations to performances.
Whilst the move to boost Sydney's cultural nightlife is something that the city is in dire need of, one can't help but think a 24-hour library is not exactly the most thought-out idea. Really, who wants to go to a library after dinner and drinks?
What do you think Sydney needs more of to boost its cultural nightlife?
start selling tickets with ease
start sharing your music for free