[The following was published as a Letter to the Editor in the Canberra Times, 19th March. It has generated a bit of comment, so I thought I’d post it here too.]
[Update 24 March: I will add relevant Letters to Ed to the Comments here as they appear in the paper.]
Canberrans will be worse off if Canberra grows rapidly, as the growth boosters want. Much of the amenity we enjoy will be lost to crowding, congestion and outdated infrastructure. Much of the amenity we had has already been lost. Civic is already lost, transformed from people-friendly plazas to glass boxes with managed artificial environments.