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Old 12-16-2018, 10:27 PM
 
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Let's discuss...in terms of architecture (a fair mix of old and new), walkability (accessible?), avenue/street width and sidewalk room (not too crammed in or narrow, open and spacious a la Melbourne & Adelaide), tree/green coverage, lack of unsightly awnings, minimal to no advertisements, food vendors, flower stalls, live music, buskers, interesting bars/cafes....which Australian city CBD takes the cake for its beauty/vibrancy?
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:08 PM
 
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I've not been to Brisbane or Hobart but out of the other capitals find that very hard to answer. None seem to be the full deal but Melbourne seems to have the most of considered requirements. I rather like Adelaide in architecture but perhaps a lack of vibrancy. Sydney in parts is very pleasant, with Perth much improved but lagging.
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:41 AM
 
Location: NSW
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Must admit I was pretty sold on Hobart, and have been to all the capitals bar Darwin.
Staying right on the edge of where the Sydney to Hobart yacht race finishes helped a bit as well.
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:59 AM
 
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Must admit I was pretty sold on Hobart, and have been to all the capitals bar Darwin.
Staying right on the edge of where the Sydney to Hobart yacht race finishes helped a bit as well.
Hobart. But in many parts of the world it would be more of a large town than a city.
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:39 AM
 
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I get it that Hobart waterfront is attractive but does it really tick all the boxes to questions asked? I'd be surprised if it did. Beyond the supposed very attractive waterfront, is there the vibrancy and depth to make it anything more than a small town?
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Id go for Melbourne based on the CBD alone (much prefer Sydney once you get outside it), though I have never been to Tasmania, WA or Adelaide.
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Old 12-17-2018, 02:23 PM
 
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I get it that Hobart waterfront is attractive but does it really tick all the boxes to questions asked? I'd be surprised if it did. Beyond the supposed very attractive waterfront, is there the vibrancy and depth to make it anything more than a small town?
You’d be surprised.

The appeal and charm of Hobart’s Downtown is that it has been virtually untouched since the early days of colonisation. Lots of old colonial buildings...it’s beautiful, and yes it is small, but it is right between a gorgeous harbour and a mountain range so you can’t beat it. It has a Cape Town vibe. As far as diversity and vibrancy goes, in what context? The population is small so it’s not multicultural like Sydney and Melbourne, or even Adelaide, but it’s growing.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Youíd be surprised.

The appeal and charm of Hobartís Downtown is that it has been virtually untouched since the early days of colonisation. Lots of old colonial buildings...itís beautiful, and yes it is small, but it is right between a gorgeous harbour and a mountain range so you canít beat it. It has a Cape Town vibe. As far as diversity and vibrancy goes, in what context? The population is small so itís not multicultural like Sydney and Melbourne, or even Adelaide, but itís growing.
I find it somewhat mystifying why Hobart's downtown is called "beautiful". Yes, it is walkable, interesting in parts (older colonial buildings), and maybe likable but not more. Much of it seemed to be in a time warp, a downtown stuck in the 1950s with too many drab, inferior commercial buildings.

My candidate for an attractive downtown would be Cairns. It exudes tropicalness. Appealing landscapes, Lush plantings, flowers everywhere. Mountains in the distance and water close at hand (when the tides are in). For me it was the Australian city that stood out from the pack.
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:59 PM
 
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Cairns is an interesting choice. It certainly has a very different 'feel' to it than other Australian cities. I guess notable changes as well, from 1997, when I lived there. It is certainly international , with a wide appeal to tourists, has a 'vibe' , though small , big enough to be a player.
As I say. Interesting choice and can't think of too many reasons why not. A lot of our main city centres have a little of a sameness about them. Small CBD's, limited though expanding in scope.
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:39 PM
 
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You’d be surprised.

The appeal and charm of Hobart’s Downtown is that it has been virtually untouched since the early days of colonisation. Lots of old colonial buildings...it’s beautiful, and yes it is small, but it is right between a gorgeous harbour and a mountain range so you can’t beat it. It has a Cape Town vibe. As far as diversity and vibrancy goes, in what context? The population is small so it’s not multicultural like Sydney and Melbourne, or even Adelaide, but it’s growing.
Now Cape Town is in my top half dozen cities. Been there on several occasions, once for over two months. Great place. Never in my wildest dreams would I have associated Hobart with CT. I cannot imagine a vibe relative . Perhaps you are referring to the V & A waterfront area of CT?
But as for the vibe on the streets just where would be comparable with Long Street in CT? I have heard Hobart described as being rather 'sleepy'. Lacking 'the edge' for better or worse as well not to mention the colour.
I'm sure it's growing, but hardly comparable as stands with an internationally favoured city as is the case with CT.
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