What is desperately missing from Brisbane?


3d-question-markWe all love this city, but perhaps there’s something you’ve secretly wished was in Brisbane.

Perhaps it’s a particular store chain or service… a change to the city’s infrastructure… or something else other cities have, but is just missing here for some reason.

Don’t say ‘nothing’, that’s cheating! Every city can be improved upon, so what do you think is currently desperately missing in our city?


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  2. A good transport system, and of course less expensive. seriously, what is Translink doing? It is soooo expensive to travel in this city. Conclusion, people are using their car. And who will blame them?
    Thanks Translink for encouraging them.
    Brisbane is an american city with an american culture. Consuming, consuming, shopping mall, junk food, fat fat fat, lack of depth in everything. Have you seen the crap they show at GOMA?

  3. Brisbane lacks a wider range of fashion/clothing stores. It just seems like every shop I look into, they all look the same, dumb, and pretty much just sell hipster things – where are all the alternative clothing stores at nowadays?

  4. A cracking landmark. Let’s put a space age telecoms/digi tower on Mt Cootha. One with a viewing platform in the clouds.

  5. Brisbane lacks an artisan sophisticated culture. Its all about bogan shopping malls and road worship. In Syd and Melb no one puts a cool cafe on a main road. or overlooking a carpark. Its plain depressing! And Briz lacks enough physical beauty.The poor brown river can look a silty mess and isnt shown off to advantage.

  6. Daylight savings time. Who wants to get up at 4.45 in summer when it starts to get light. 5.30 ok but 4.45 come on! We are living in the dark ages. All those who knock it dont put up any constructive reasons.Their scared of change i fear.

  7. Whats missing in Brisbane is somewhere for the older single person to go….In Sydney there is a dance club and you cant get in unless your 40+. Way to go guys!!! Imagine have to show your drivers license at the door hahaha… but we older people also enjoy dancings etc….why cant we have a place?? We are over 40 not dead…

  8. Better transportation system. 1 part of making it better is MORE bridges. Brisbane has only 8 bridges (7 road/1 rail), where Pittsburgh, USA, has 446 bridges! It has roughly the same population, sits on a river, its metropolitan area sits on a V like Brisbane, and was voted the USA’s most livable city in 2011.

  9. An Entertainment Industry Act such as other states have. This would be simple to rectify as the Acts from other States could be used as templates. Such an Act would revitalise local entertainment culture by making the location more desirable to artists who question some practices of some local agents.

    (I know this applies to the whole state, but observe that multiple Daylight Savings Time comments have been accepted.)

  10. Music etc. in the streets. I know there is some, but the busking licenses give too much power to the “judges” (sic) who decide in 5 minutes, for example, if one is both “neat and tidy” in appearance, and “dressed imaginitively”.

    Apart from safety considerations, it is not the place of council to judge what is art.

    Existing laws for the public behaviour of all citizens are sufficient to cover the behaviour of public performers.

    There are no loading zones for musicians loading in to commercial venues, and parking inspectors show no mercy.

  11. A comprehensive network of buses that run late into, or all, night – especially at weekends. You should be able to get home from anywhere safely even in the dead of night, rather than have to start keeping an eye on the time from around 11pm.

  12. Having recently moved from NZ to Brisbane, some good points and a few suggestions…Brissy has catered for the ‘human’ in many, many ways such as a great transport system (first time of taking a train in over 12 years!), retail choice (am continually surprised by the amount of ‘plaza’s’ and choice there is here)… on the down side, street/roadway signs are appalling – it’s like you have to be a mind-reader to figure out where you are – thank goodness for GPS!, after 5pm supermarkets…even in the backwater of NZ, supermarkets were open until 10 pm midweek and midnight Saturday, some even open 24 hours… Saturday 5pm is not late enough. Finally daylight saving, like other comments here, it would be great to spend more time outdoors after work.


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