In a section of the ABC Canberra news on Friday, Charles Landry returned to cast his eye over Canberra’s urban development progress.
Landry (author The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators) wasn’t particularly impressed by Canberra during his previous visit and still finds our centre a bit of a graveyard (which he seemed to think a salsa show may go some way to rectify…). He did talk of the progress made in areas such as the Kingston Foreshore, Braddon and New Acton, which he found a great success. The blend of new and old at New Acton along with the creation of a precinct rather than just a development was (in his eyes) very successful.
Landry talked of Canberra’s challenge to be seen as more than a ‘boring, cautious place’ and our need to ‘not only to create but curate’, as we seem to have done in New Acton.
Landry was also pretty excited about the ‘City to the Lake’ plans, although I haven’t heard much about these in a while.
What’s your take? Are your favourite parts of our fair City those which have executed through a great plan, or evolved organically with local needs?