How Hobart became a mainlander’s dream

In Tasmania's capital, outsiders are buying boltholes, developers are circling and tourism is soaring. But not everyone's benefiting from the city’s boom.

" ... Meanwhile, attracted by the twin treasures of tourism and cheap real estate, international developers have started circling, bringing visions of glittering skyscrapers, prompting fears that the very things people love about Hobart – its human scale, low rise, heritage character and environmental splendour – will be lost. As Hobart sailor and activist Madeleine Habib put it in a recent edition of Island magazine: 'Please don't sell our soul for the tourist dollar; don't let us become a caricature of ourselves.'"

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