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Brisbane

BY SIMON WRIGHT

Brink City

Aerial view of the Brisbane River, Botanical Gardens and the central business district. Courtesy Brisbane Marketing.


The capital of Queensland, Australia's second-largest state, Brisbane seems perennially on the cusp, always on the lookout for defining moments and keen to mint a progressive identity. Previous stereotypes—a city-sized country town, home of the "branch office" or poor cousin of southern cities—are stale. Currently promoted as Australia's "New World City," Brisbane is challenged by fast growth and conflicting desires to retain its discrete communities, as intimate neighborhoods and character

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