|Standard criticism of Canberra||Why I like Canberra|
|Planned city||Planned city|
|Politicians, public servants||Politicians, public servants|
|“Lacks soul”*||Lacks “soul”*|
|Modernist architecture||Modernist architecture|
*”soul” here is used as if it’s some quality of all other Australian cities; but as no Australian city can be said to have “soul” in the sense in which, say, New Orleans or Paris have it, this must be a special restricted sense of the term, perhaps denoting “ocean views”, “cynical nihilism” or “decaying infrastructure”
** admittedly, one of the bookstores I visited was in Berrima. But I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Berkelouw’s book barn is half-way to Canberra.