A kind of brutal shabbiness

Dropped in on Scarborough to check on its interminable beach upgrade. I’m glad they have managed to keep the coherent brutal shabbiness that the local Scabwegians and visitors love so much. Even while “upgrading”. I hope this doesn’t push up the price of homebake heroin. They’ve also completely unpredictably gone with a safe and ultra boring (Tony Jones?) bronze. Don’t worry, even after the upgrade, I’m sure it will still be just as unpleasant to visit as always.scab

And is it really the beach that was the problem? The whole suburb, every street, every shop, every building is awful. Here’s the Indy Bar (thanks Cimbali). This is the front of the place. Lattice, bins and potholes. Adding in a bronze or a limestone wall isn’t addressing the problem. It’s like Bayswater going on about sinking the railway and walkability. Catchwords and getting consultants in isn’t going to help if your suburb is an essential craphole. Which Scarborough is. Which Bayswater is. which Kalamunda is.


About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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19 Responses to A kind of brutal shabbiness

  1. Shreiking Wombat Ninja says:

    Is this pre-vibrancy? No vibrancy left behind? It’s not all about the shovelling? I don’t understand.


  2. Zuben says:

    Whole suburb being warehoused for a future redevelopment that never seems to happen .

    A South Bronx of beaches .


    • Russell Woolf's Lovechild says:

      Sarich is sitting on the whole suburb. Blame it on the orbital engine. Scabs is the orbital engine of urban redevelopment.


  3. Rolly says:

    For me, the best thing about Scabs was escaping it.


  4. Sir Bill International says:

    For a breath of fresh air get down to City Beach to “The Hamptons”.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Yeah Right says:

    Mogadishu refused our offer of ‘Sister City’ status I believe…… They just quite couldn’t get their heads around how a place that by all rights should be ‘First World’, desperately bends over backwards and breaks every rule in the book just so as to remain ‘Third World’…. I believe the Premier was seen in talks with the IOC sometime back and his push was to get the Games happening every 40yrs instead of 4. Apparently he was planning on putting in a bid for Perth, the Fugly place its become.


  6. Shreiking Wombat Ninja says:

    Scarborough=Rod Culleton personified.

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  7. Orbea says:

    Sussan Ley dropped her nest egg elsewhere #scabs #fucktards #notmydebt


    • Shreiking Wombat Ninja says:

      Nest egg dropped from private charter somewhere between Albury and Adelaide so she could keep her flying hours up. Thanks suckers!


    • Bag O'Turnips says:

      I suppose the heroin chic of many of Scab’s multitudinous compact “investment properties” may be a little too much for Ley to bear… not enough of the GC’s white shoe element, even if these could be very easily an “impulse purchase” for her too at the price.


      • Who is the Scabwegian local member?


        • That knobhead Keenan or is it Emo Simpkins?


          • Bag O'Turnips says:

            Police (State) Minister and Deputy Liberal Leader Liza Harvey. Used to Quigley’s seat years ago; the True Believers have since migrated to that other craphole by the sea, as he’s the MLA for Mindarie. Mind you, most of the other seaside suburbs, to many regarded as desirable addresses, are shitholes for different reasons, such as being the refuge of choice for multitudinous certified Cunts.


            • Bag O'Turnips says:

              And Federally, it is indeed that knobhead and noted bor[e]der security fancier, Keenan, (mis)representing Stirling.

              So perhaps there’s hope yet that Scabs could fulfil its promise of becoming the Gold Coast of the West, insomuch as graft and corruption flourishing, and the white-shoe brigade property developers given free reign to make that blighted seaside suburb even more obnoxious and grim with built-in Po-Vi, targeting a hipster demographic with poorly kerned Po-Mo Shit handwritten-style font daubed about the joint.


  8. Jalif says:

    How can you criticise Observation Rise?

    It’s Perth’s tribute to the poorly maintained, mildewed poured concrete that makes South East Asia feel so welcoming.


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