The things Canberra is missing?

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The normally excellent Mark Dapin has been writing in Saturday’s Good Weekend about the thirteen things Canberra needs to be considered a world class city.

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damien haas damien haas 2:52 pm 18 May 11

The Post Office in Civic has a clock. The bus interchnge also has a street level digital clock.

jacarandas jacarandas 10:34 pm 17 May 11

On point 2. We do have clocks in that building along Alinga Street…except the two clocks don’t tell the same time. Well, they don’t tell the right time to start with. 🙂

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:21 pm 17 May 11

I agree with the view that he’s mocking other places rather than Canberra. I also agree that he’s an outstanding writer, but this effort seems a bit lame.

Whatever the case may be, I’m happy for outsiders to mistakenly believe that Canberra is a bad place to live. I’ve been here since 1976, and having travelled over large parts of the world (Europe, Asia, America), I’m always glad to get back here. I don’t want to live anywhere else.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 9:45 pm 17 May 11

LeatherJen said :

How about a safe place for the local lesbian community to express itself? Bet we don’t get any focus on that.

Or the new cafe in the city where you will get your coffee, not only served by a lesbian, but, with a smile as well. Or will she be wearing a bow tie? Can’t remember which.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 9:13 pm 17 May 11

LeatherJen said :

How about a safe place for the local lesbian community to express itself? Bet we don’t get any focus on that.

Tilley’s?

p1 p1 8:04 pm 17 May 11

Thumper said :

“Sydney natives get extremely, justifiably frustrated at Canberra near-total lack of public transport.”

Stuff light rail, let’s have an underground!

Monorail!!!

LeatherJen LeatherJen 7:44 pm 17 May 11

How about a safe place for the local lesbian community to express itself? Bet we don’t get any focus on that.

knuckles knuckles 7:41 pm 17 May 11

johnboy said :

having woken in a welsh ditch after a pogues concert

Isn’t this what happens to everyone who goes to a Pogues concert?

Thumper Thumper 7:38 pm 17 May 11

“Sydney natives get extremely, justifiably frustrated at Canberra near-total lack of public transport.”

Stuff light rail, let’s have an underground!

lindilou lindilou 7:16 pm 17 May 11

I would’ve said light rail, rail or subway was a something worth mentioning.

moneypenny2612 moneypenny2612 7:11 pm 17 May 11

Who needs a clock when you have a carillon?

I actually enjoyed this article.

I think we need a wall… perhaps one encircling the seat of democracy to keep the sheep inside.

p1 p1 3:02 pm 17 May 11

indigoid said :

Sydney natives get extremely, justifiably frustrated at Canberra near-total lack of public transport.

Canberra natives have learned not to expect too much.

Jerry Atric Jerry Atric 2:55 pm 17 May 11

Thumper said :

We need ancient ruins.

Perhaps the government could build some?

I thought that I WAS an ancient Canberra ruin! There must be a lot of old farts like me willing to be paraded before tourists for a small fee. That, Julia, is a new “working Australia” initiative surely.

bitzermaloney bitzermaloney 2:53 pm 17 May 11

beejay76 said :

Ah yes. How well I remember the Big Hole. Although I am a truly converted Canberran, I must agree with Mark on this one. Canberra really doesn’t know how to do a Big Hole. The Big Hole in Sydney was the sole reason the monorail was put in. Or at least, the sole reason people rode on it. It was hard to see through the hoarding, but up in the rarefied air of the monorail you could see the Hole in all it’s 10-storey-deep glory.

We had a big hole in Civic in the 90’s (several actually), but the one I remember particularly well was next to the Canberra RSL club (now Hellenic Club in the City) on Moore St.

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 2:48 pm 17 May 11

p1 said :

beejay76 said :

Mark Dapin is from Sydney. Evidently you have never tried to park in Sydney, or anywhere close to Sydney. Trust me: compared with Sydney Canberra has loads of parking. An adundance. An embarrassment. And it’s cheap as chips.

I’ve never tried to find daily all-day parking in order to work in the centre of Sydney. I have never found short-to-medium term parking to be any worse then the rest of the world, and not so expensive when sizes are compared. But the same is almost certainly true about Mark Dapin and Canberra.

Let me tell you most people wouldn’t even think of parking in the centre of Sydney for work unless they were willing and able to part with lots of $$$

indigoid indigoid 2:41 pm 17 May 11

p1 said :

beejay76 said :

Mark Dapin is from Sydney. Evidently you have never tried to park in Sydney, or anywhere close to Sydney. Trust me: compared with Sydney Canberra has loads of parking. An adundance. An embarrassment. And it’s cheap as chips.

I’ve never tried to find daily all-day parking in order to work in the centre of Sydney. I have never found short-to-medium term parking to be any worse then the rest of the world, and not so expensive when sizes are compared. But the same is almost certainly true about Mark Dapin and Canberra.

I have no trouble finding parking anywhere I go in Sydney. And if you’re on a motorbike, you don’t even have to feed the hungry parking meters 🙂 or, it seems, abide by any signposted time limits. Park and forget.

That said, Canberrans complaining about Sydney parking is much akin to people using Windows for their entire computing life and then suddenly only having access to a Mac. It’s different and trying to use it like a Windows computer is going to be very, very frustrating. If you submit to the will of Steve Jobs, however, and Do Things The Apple Way, it works just fine. The reverse also applies, of course. Sydney natives get extremely, justifiably frustrated at Canberra near-total lack of public transport.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:19 pm 17 May 11

A refreshing approach to critiquing Canberra. Bravo!

p1 p1 1:48 pm 17 May 11

beejay76 said :

Mark Dapin is from Sydney. Evidently you have never tried to park in Sydney, or anywhere close to Sydney. Trust me: compared with Sydney Canberra has loads of parking. An adundance. An embarrassment. And it’s cheap as chips.

I’ve never tried to find daily all-day parking in order to work in the centre of Sydney. I have never found short-to-medium term parking to be any worse then the rest of the world, and not so expensive when sizes are compared. But the same is almost certainly true about Mark Dapin and Canberra.

switch switch 1:03 pm 17 May 11

We do have a former govt printer district that that is being turned into loft-style apartments.

Btw, what happened about the asbestos they found nearby?

johnboy johnboy 1:01 pm 17 May 11

Well he was born in england and came to Sydney as an adult having woken in a welsh ditch after a pogues concert and deciding to change his life.

His biography “Sex and Money” is an excellent insight into the Australian publishing industry.

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