I like Canberra, however while driving around town today I was particularly struck by the depressing appearance of Northbourne Avenue.
This is the ceremonial gateway to Canberra But I find it quite unattractive.
Its not just that it’s lined with dreary flats. I think the main problem is the species of gum tree which was chosen for the area. I’m not a tree expert, but today the trees (whatever they are), looked messy, dreary and, in many cases, half dead.
Surely it would be much better if they were all removed and replaced with something more suited to the prominance of the avenue.
St Kilda road in Melbourne looks wonderful with its rows of elms and London Plane trees. Why can’t the same be done with Northbourne?