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Images of Canberra – Crace, a place like no other

By 21 June 2010 70

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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has sent in the above photos with the following note:

When walking towards the trig on Percival Hill in Gungahlin recently to had to take this shot!

CRACE – a place like no other?

My first thoughts were of one of the scenes in the Jackie Chan movie Police Story.

police story

For mine it made me think more of this.

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70 Responses to Images of Canberra – Crace, a place like no other
#1
54-1111:37 am, 21 Jun 10

“Little Boxes”:

Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes
Little boxes
Little boxes all the same
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same

And the people in the houses all go to the university
And they all get put in boxes, little boxes all the same
And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers
And business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same
And they all play on the golf course and drink their martini dry
And they all have pretty children and the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
And they all get put in boxes, and they all come out the same
And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family
And they all get put in boxes, little boxes all the same

There’s a green one, and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same

#2
OzChick11:43 am, 21 Jun 10

Whoah, I didn’t realise they had these in Crace. It’s looks pretty cramped.

#3
Rawhide Kid No 211:50 am, 21 Jun 10

Shades of the Melba Flats ?

#4
Jim Jones11:54 am, 21 Jun 10

Apartment living in the middle of nowhere.

#5
la mente torbida12:01 pm, 21 Jun 10

@54-11

I’m colour blind but lol

#6
georgesgenitals12:15 pm, 21 Jun 10

Jim Jones said :

Apartment living in the middle of nowhere.

It’s a case of artificially limiting supply that has caused this. You’re right – it’s apartments where no apartments should be.

#7
screaming banshee12:21 pm, 21 Jun 10

looks ummm…….affordable!

#8
Buzz260012:36 pm, 21 Jun 10

And the kangaroos of Crace are being culled to make way for this? Disgusting.

#9
DeadlySchnauzer12:40 pm, 21 Jun 10

Reminds me of a development i saw recently in Page. It packed 7 or 8 houses on to what used to be 2 standard residential blocks with ex govies. The adverts proudly proclaimed “City living in Page!”.

I guess to be fair planning laws stop them building this stuff in existing close in areas… (reid and deakin i’m looking at you). So apartments in the burbs it is.

#10
harley1:16 pm, 21 Jun 10

Thanks, 54-11.

That tune popped into my head as soon as I saw the picture.

#11
grunge_hippy1:23 pm, 21 Jun 10

another reason why gunghalin sucks….

#12
Funky11:34 pm, 21 Jun 10

I bet those people who built those nice big houses in front of this complex are glad they built where they did!

Their land values must have sky-rocketed in the last year or so. :o

#13
lizw2:08 pm, 21 Jun 10

Crace had so much potential. It’s so sad to see what has happened there. Back when Gungahlin was originally being planned, it was supposed to be a low density suburb.

BTW, those houses at the front are part of the display village, as are the first row of “apartments” behind the houses.

#14
arescarti422:13 pm, 21 Jun 10

Say what you want but I think what they’re doing at Crace is a hundred times better than conventional suburban development.

Oh, and for those posters who clearly don’t know what an apartment is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartment

#15
TVStar2:21 pm, 21 Jun 10

Reminds me of the Walled City of Kowloon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City

#16
Jim Jones2:27 pm, 21 Jun 10

arescarti42 said :

Say what you want but I think what they’re doing at Crace is a hundred times better than conventional suburban development.

Oh, and for those posters who clearly don’t know what an apartment is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartment

It looks like legoland prison.

#17
amarooresident32:46 pm, 21 Jun 10

Rawhide Kid No 2 said :

Shades of the Melba Flats ?

I’d bet those places go for more than $400,000 so I doubt it.

Of course it looks crappy, it’s in the middle of a building site. Put in a few trees and it’ll be fine.

#18
la mente torbida3:32 pm, 21 Jun 10

@amarooresident

where do the trees go…can’t see much except buildings and footpaths…no dirt here

#19
Hosinator3:59 pm, 21 Jun 10

My father told me 10 years ago that the Gunghalin area would one day be the slums of Canberra, I guess he was right.

#20
LarryBlaze4:10 pm, 21 Jun 10

that place is a ghetto.

#21
Holden Caulfield4:13 pm, 21 Jun 10

Funky1 said :

I bet those people who built those nice big houses in front of this complex are glad they built where they did!

Their land values must have sky-rocketed in the last year or so. :o

They’re display villages.

The photo in the OP is a bad look, sure. But to be honest, I don’t see it being a worse look than Sky Plaza or any other number of medium-high density developments in Canberra?

Those apartments in Crace wouldn’t be for me, but if I was a new home buyer now – on location alone – they’d more than likely get a tick from me before anything Belconnen has to offer past Evatt/Florey/Scullin/Hawker or south of Curtin/Chifley/Phillip.

All the smug folks that live beyond those extremes forget that they’re perfect suburb was once considered the arsehole of Canberra at one point too. And they also don’t realise how conveniently (relatively) located Crace actually is.

It’s a new suburb, and just like all other suburbs in Canberra it looks crap when its part way through development.

#22
ProudTenant4:17 pm, 21 Jun 10

Architects have a lot to answer for.

Where do they get their inspiration?

Outer Kabul with a hint of Oz?

#23
realityskin4:23 pm, 21 Jun 10

another reason why gunghalin sucks….

#24
AngryHenry4:28 pm, 21 Jun 10

Favela…

#25
MissChief4:36 pm, 21 Jun 10

amarooresident3 said :

Rawhide Kid No 2 said :

Shades of the Melba Flats ?

I’d bet those places go for more than $400,000 so I doubt it.

Of course it looks crappy, it’s in the middle of a building site. Put in a few trees and it’ll be fine.

Trees?! I think that’s the point people are making, with all these houses/units crammed onto tiny blocks, the concrete jungle look is going to dominate the landscape, there’s really not the space for trees.

I expect Molonglo is going to end up much the same now that it’s gone from an estimated 45,000 houses to 60,000 houses… not to mention the rare Yellow Box bushland being bulldozed for the shopping centre.

And don’t even get me started on the failure of government to adequately address tree management in Canberra (postponing budget allocations for another 4 years) while more and more trees around Canberra are marked for removal.

Seems to me our bush capital is in danger of becoming not so bushy. You will, however, be able to find plenty of trees in the arboretum. Sad really.

#26
fabforty4:46 pm, 21 Jun 10

If you think this is bad, have a look at the monstrosity they have planned for “The Fair” at Watson. I have seen the plans and wonder how developers can get away with this.

All the houses are the same as are the apartments. All are cramped in together to allow maximum profit from the smallest amount of space.

#27
CanberraCreative5:36 pm, 21 Jun 10

For a government that is so high and mighty about human rights, surely this has to breech some convention. Gosh darn postage stamps.

#28
ChrisinTurner5:56 pm, 21 Jun 10

DeadlySchnauzer said :

Reminds me of a development i saw recently in Page. It packed 7 or 8 houses on to what used to be 2 standard residential blocks with ex govies. The adverts proudly proclaimed “City living in Page!”.

I guess to be fair planning laws stop them building this stuff in existing close in areas… (reid and deakin i’m looking at you). So apartments in the burbs it is.

Dear DeadlySchnauzer

There are more apartments in Reid than almost any other suburb in Canberra, except possibly Braddon.

#29
steveu6:15 pm, 21 Jun 10

gold mate, gold. Send this in to Stanhope via a letter and see what his office replies with…

here I was thinking we had a planning agency that was there to ensure we dont have conrete jungles like that. Silly me.

#30
MWF6:57 pm, 21 Jun 10

harley said :

Thanks, 54-11.

That tune popped into my head as soon as I saw the picture.

Similar, but not being a Gen Y I thought of the original rather than the theme music to Weeds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN3rN59GlWw

They made us sing it in primary school in the 70′s

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