If you look hard on this picture, you can see a lonely figure huddled on a bench in the distance, but it's the only sign of human life.
This is not post-disaster Chernobyl, but the heart of Sydney's CBD in 2018 – a global multicultural city that draws millions of tourists a year.
To make matters worse, it was taken on board on Saturday, which by chance was an unseasonably warm and pleasant night.
"This is the lively Circular Quay on a Saturday Night #dead", wrote the image uploader on social media and the internet went wild.
It's no secret that many young Sydney sisters are not impressed with controversial lockout laws that the government took four years ago, and Circular Quay has never been a thriving place for late-night riders, but for some The gloomy and lifeless image is a powerful reminder of how the city has changed.
"I would not expect to see her dreds of drunken young people who fall into the streets of Circular Quay, although on a Saturday night," said Terence Hart, a Sydney sister who told news.com.au that it lifeless image that circulates on social media shows Sydney's CBD becomes a "ghost town".
"But you could imagine there would be some sort of nightlife on one of Sydney's biggest character cards – it's the harbor – on a Saturday night."
"Imagine you were a tourist and landed in Sydney, you lived close to Circular Quay, and you went to look outside and saw it. You would think you were in a hometown. It is embarrassing. "
Someone came to Sydney's defense on social media – silent financial districts in any other city around the world would look so late in the evening.
However, the renewed criticism comes as Southney's oldest licensed live music venue The basement located just around the corner where the image was taken, has announced that it has moved due to noise complaints from nearby residents.
The message has triggered petitions and collections from disillusioned residents and living music fans who feel their city's nightlife dies.
This mood has been backed by a recent NSW request with nearly 400 written posts that have revealed how ridiculous is the amount of bureaucracy for Sydney &
The survey, which was established in November to report on the state's music and art economy, highlighted incompruent disputes ssige rules introduced in companies across the city ranging from "no dance" to "no ukuleles" and "no mirror balls"
Just a few days before the survey results came out two weeks ago, the shocking committee for Sydney's "Sydney As a 24-hour city" report found that the city's nightlife has great potential and a small economic activity.
Despite a widespread appetite for more options, Sydneys biggest nightlife waits for landslide for it – grocery store.
It even encouraged Sydney to look into Adelaide as inspiration and noticed that over 700 stores operate late on a Thursday and Friday evening in the southern Australian capital while encouraging new little bars and cafes in its CBD.
City of Sydney councilor Jess Scully said hundreds of thousands of dollars have been used to try to revive the city's nightlife and the Council has made it one of its highest priorities.
She said it was disappointing to see the image of an empty Circular Quay street on social media but added that the main street is a design zone for the traffic lights and other parts of Sydney, like Newtown, have experienced an increase of 300%. night visitors since lockout love came in.
"It's probably not the best place to hang out and hang out right now," she said. "But when the lamp comes in, there will be more pedestrians and fewer buses – it will have a completely different character."
She added that the city had just given over $ 360,000 of grants to companies that wanted to diversify their late night activities and venues that required breakdown and equipment upgrades to enhance the audience and artists experience. It also tries to push the government to introduce 24-hour transport.
The Council is also launching its first review for more than 10 years of planning controls that determine locations and trading days for hotels, bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants and entertainment and music venues.
Other projects include offering subsidies to companies to improve their night offers, get advice from nightlife experts on a new advisory panel and reduce bureaucracy for small businesses, live music venues and cultural events.