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The things Canberra is missing?

By johnboy - 17 May 2011 31

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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.

Thoughts dear reader?

What’s Your opinion?


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31 Responses to
The things Canberra is missing?
Holden Caulfield 2:19 pm 17 May 11

A refreshing approach to critiquing Canberra. Bravo!

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 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 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.

beejay76 12:52 pm 17 May 11

p1 said :

Although his comment about plenty of parking means he clearly isn’t from here, and must have visited on Sunday, or late at night.

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.

damien haas 12:42 pm 17 May 11

There is a Subway at the servo at the Airport. Does that count ?

Watson 12:30 pm 17 May 11

p1 said :

Although his comment about plenty of parking means he clearly isn’t from here, and must have visited on Sunday, or late at night.

Or at the Mawson shops.

jsm2090 12:30 pm 17 May 11

I would quickly add to that list some world class arcitecture and design (on top of our current basic offering). A number of decades seem to have passed since anything that could register a blip on the international radar has been constructed.

As someone who has grown up here and lived in Sydey, I frequently cop all manner of Canberra bashing from those big smoke friends. Until they come here, and realise how fantastic Canberra can be. Personally, I’m happy if the majority never find out how livable Canberra is.

astrojax 12:17 pm 17 May 11

thought it was fun – not wide of the mark, really. he also missed an icon from which to fling one’s self in a bid to end it all.

p1 12:10 pm 17 May 11

At first I was going to complain about the unimaginative story bashing Canberra which pops up every couple of weeks. This was supported by the round-a-bout gag right at the start. But then I read the list of things and realised, as puggy did, that he wasn’t really bashing Canberra, but in fact (in a round-a-bout kinda way) mocking the usual Canberra bashing stories.

Although his comment about plenty of parking means he clearly isn’t from here, and must have visited on Sunday, or late at night.

Thumper 11:39 am 17 May 11

We need ancient ruins.

Perhaps the government could build some?

puggy 11:29 am 17 May 11

Seems like he’s taking the piss out of other “world-class” cities rather than Canberra. What Canberra really needs is a real checkpoint at the border so you know when you’ve well and truly entered/exited the bubble.

Reprobate 11:20 am 17 May 11

I LOL’d at point 5… maybe we should formally annex Queanbeyan into the ACT for this purpose?

Watson 11:16 am 17 May 11

Haha! My kind of column.

beejay76 10:49 am 17 May 11

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.

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