Once upon a time this area was home to lots of thriving industry providing stacks of local jobs for the workers living in their weatherboard cottages, and a motorcycle scramble track (environmentally sensitive no, fun and useful, yes), but the land is now worth a squillion so all that's gone and it's now covered in big ugly gaffs. Except around the foot of Monument Hill which was sold off in the 90's or thereabouts which has plenty of cheaper but equally as miserable housing jammed up against each other. Think: that gorgeous and popular development, the 'group of 8 townhouses' lined up like teeth in a denture someone left lying around. There's often no footpaths, but that's OK because you never see any people on foot. Clearly there's an arbor aversion from the new settlers too cause there's not a lot of foliage action up high in residential Mossie. What's left of the natural bush is really just scrub with plenty of litter spread about, for colour. If you want to see how a site like this could be, look at Bold Park in Floreat. All timber walkways and decorative steel handrails and plaques about the regenerated flora.
These slightly arty snaps make it look pretty good though, if I say so myself.
Don't get me wrong, we definitely need more affordable housing in Perth's inner and more desirable suburbs, but jaysus it sure is hard to to get right, glad it's not my job. It's all wrong in Mosman Park. And we haven't even started talking about the blocks of flats built in the 1960s when a certain developer (with, I've heard some help from his friends in office) managed to acquire large chunks of housing stock to build ten story blocks of flats and create a pop-up slum on the apt named Battle Street. Thankfully the vibe and name has improved in recent years, and apart from the odd junkie swaggering down the middle of the road it's a place where many young people might dream of being able to get a toe hold in the property market (grappling irons recommended). There's also lots of good stuff going on around the place: the most amazing kids' natural adventure playground down by the river, a luxury mens' shed and restored WWII tunnels.
In WWII there was a ban placed on all Americans from crossing the highway into Mosman Park after a pub brawl got out of hand and someone got stabbed by a yankee serviceman. But that, is another story.