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While Some Perth Suburbs are Battling After the Boom, Others are Thriving

07 November 2017
While some Perth suburbs are struggling to attract residents, businesses and customers to their neighbourhood post mining boom, other areas are thriving, creating vibrant communities of their own.
University of Western Australian urban and regional planning expert Paul Maginn said the inner-city suburb of Leederville, in particular, had "weathered the downturn" and had morphed into an interesting space over the past three years.
"It's got a lot of cachet going for it in terms of appeal to young people and it's got a very solid structure and a very solid kind of history and identity," Dr Maginn said.

"There's a number of bars and restaurants in the area, but ultimately accessibility is a key thing, as is its character … it looks very suburban in some sense, it's low rise, but at the same time it's got a very kind of edgy, little urban feel to it."

Dr Maginn said Leederville's proximity to a train line and the CBD were drawcards for the suburb, a similar situation he said he believed was helping Maylands, in the City of Bayswater, take off.

"I think Maylands is the epicentre of things at the minute, you can see the transition, the transformation really happening there," he said.

"Maylands is interesting because it's got a variety of housing types, there's quite a lot of medium density, a lot of townhouses, so it's quite appealing.

"It's weathered the downturn in the last year or two and businesses have really kind of capitalised on that."
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