The quote does say something about the place: it's showy, ostentatious, brash, supercilious, arrogant, and dazzling but just like the fabled capital of Oz, it is also wonderful!
There is nothing like a visit to excite and stimulate all of the senses. You walk out your door and within seconds there is something to experience that you will either love or hate. Nothing is done in half measures here.
I walked out of my rented door in Newtown and ran smack bang in this terrific mural just off Wilson St. Ah Sydney, you have got it all - but maybe deep down you really want to live in a tent like the rest of us.