CBD Local articles

The public face of Bennetts Lane Jazz Club

By Mindy Gill Megg Evans is the public face and creative inspiration behind Melbourne’s longest standing jazz club – Bennetts Lane. With a petite frame and sweet, husky voice, Ms Evans is a central player in shaping its impact on the jazz scene. “Although we’re only open about five or so hours a night, the

CBD is too good to leave

Pam Dingle was planning to only stay for one year in the CBD.  That was 15 years ago. “I was going to move in for a year, sell the apartment and go back to Armadale,” she explained.  “I’ve been here ever since.” Like many long-term city residents, Pam doesn’t like everything that comes with central-city

Bringing the past into the future

By Shane Scanlan CBD couple Soma Giovannini and Tom Carson read layers of stories in our local buildings that the rest of us don’t even notice. The Franklin St residents live to restore our beautiful built-heritage, particularly the grand buildings which made Melbourne truly “marvelous” in the 19th century. Tom said: “Melbourne could have been

The angel of Therry St

By Shane Scanlan Martin Mulvihill seems too nice.  Where’s the catch?  Why is he putting himself in the position of “team captain” to the city’s most needy permanent residents? But to meet the 72-year-old is to be totally charmed by his smile and laughter and it doesn’t take long to realise he is a one-in-a-million

For Ian, Melbourne is the one and only

By Ella Gibson Having lived in the CBD for the past 22 years, Ian Taylor has seen his fair share of change. “It was a very different place,” he said. “The weekends were absolutely quiet. The department stores were not open on a Sunday and, from memory, were only open Saturday morning. There wasn’t a

The community with everything

For Michele Levine, CBD living has brought far more sense of community than she ever encountered in the suburbs. The Roy Morgan Research CEO explained her trepidation about five years ago when she committed to her four-storey, free-standing Victorian building in Flinders Lane. “I thought it would either be terrific or very strange and lonely,”

CBD living in style

By Katie Wong Hoy Sally MacKinnon opens the door to her modern CBD apartment with her statuesque physique dressed in a chic black outfit. The epitome of class, it is clear she is following her passion although it has been an adventure getting here. Sally gets paid to shop, but not in the typical way.

Melbourne architect loves her life in the CBD

By Katie Wong Hoy Shelley Roberts extends her hand with a warm smile. She stands in her office, a picture of elegance in her black dress with matching glasses and high heels. Looking at her perfectly co-ordinated accessories, it is no surprise that Shelley is an expert in the field of art and design. Shelley

Albert is living the fantasy

Albert Ullin’s fantasy world is real.  Perched high above the CBD streets, his apartment is crammed full of children’s books and illustrations. It’s been many years now since he passed on custodianship of the Little Bookroom but his private collection is bursting at the seams. Unlike some other forms of publishing, children’s books have never

A Lego piece of Melbourne

By Kara Bertoncini Kalani Robinson is not your average 15-year-old. In fact, this budding filmmaker is taking Melbourne by storm and all thanks to a piece of Lego. Some 21 weeks ago, Robinson started an Instagram profile called @citylifeofpieces, which follows Pieces, a Lego man, wandering around Melbourne bringing his hundreds of followers a fresh

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