1 - I see little in the way of "decent modern facilities" in the last 20 - 30 years of growing the population by thousands (apart from the Villa, which was an update of something that already existed and the NSC) - all I've seen are the loss of facilities with the growing population. - White City - houses, the Crescent - Apartments, Bushy's - (a dive but a tourist draw) - offices, Summerland - a carpark? - most hotels - apartments or old people homes and on and on it goes. Forgive me if I don't believe that upping the population will result in more facilities.
2 - It can never be a city no matter what we do, haven't seen a whole lot of "new ideas" emerge over the last 20 - 30 years apart from the low tax idea (films, banking, insurance, ship and aircraft registery etc). and online gambling. "Gravity"?
I saw less of our own people leave then than now since we've been growing the population for years.