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Culture Kings has its own ideas of Hosier Lane "street art".

Killing the culture that laid the golden egg

Killing the culture that laid the golden egg

By Meg Hill In a fairly foreseeable series of events, the move of monolithic clothing chain Culture Kings into Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane has proved antithetical to the preservation of culture. There’s no lack of irony in this story. A corporate enterprise decides to trade on the currency of culture, even claiming to be the

Lord Mayor Sally Capp reflects on her first 100 days.

Reflections on “full pelt”for 100 days

By Shane Scanlan Some 100 days into the lord mayoralty, Sally Capp’s energy is undiminished and her learning along the way has sharpened her capacity to effect change. It’s a very different council with Cr Capp in the chair. The council has become open and available.  Collaboration and co-operation are present where, not so long

Melbourne Day 2017

Critics open fire on Melbourne Day

By Shane Scanlan The “invasion day” label, which has controversially dogged Australia Day in recent years, has caught up with the CBD-based Melbourne Day, with immediate consequences.  After decades of support, Melbourne Day is this year proceeding on August 30 without any funding from the City of Melbourne. Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker told CBD

Cr Nicholas Reece makes a call on the new model pay-phone (left) and the old way (right).

Telstra plunders CBD for profits

By Shane Scanlan After years of incremental encroachment into the public domain for private profits, Telstra appears to have crossed a City of Melbourne “line in the sand” with its latest rollout of monster digital advertising. Locals would have witnessed the recent unveiling on CBD footpaths of about 40 3m x 1.1m digital signs – advertising

School holiday gaol break

Emma, 14, at left Olivia, 8, were two of the hundreds of children to “Escape the Gaol” at the Old Melbourne Gaol during the winter school holidays. The immersive and educational activity was designed to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards. Photographer Suzie Potter captured the pair getting up-close

Decision time on CEO Ben Rimmer

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne councillors will decide in the next couple of weeks whether to keep or replace CEO Ben Rimmer, whose four-year contract expires on February 8. If they are to replace Mr Rimmer, they have until September 8 to give him the required six months’ notice. With time running out for the scheduled

Artwork enclosed in Versace store

A precious mural by revered local artist Napier Waller finds itself adorning the back wall of the new Versace store in Collins St following a renovation of the heritage-classified T&G Building. The 1928 mural Better Than to Squander Life’s Gifts is to Conserve Them and Ensure a Fearless Future previously adorned the public entrance to

Pinless on Flinders Ln

By Rhonda Dredge Flinders Lane is not that busy on a Friday afternoon before office workers crowd the footpaths on their way home. The street is in shadow and the buildings quite overbearing around Exhibition St. A man entered a convenience store near there about 4 pm and stood at the ATM. He was wearing

Blak Design Matters

By David Schout An exhibition showcasing indigenous-led design has just opened at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square. Addressing pre-conceptions surrounding design from one of the world’s oldest continuous cultures, Blak Design Matters aims to show that, like indigenous art, design continues to respond to contemporary issues. From architecture and landscape design to fashion

Power to the people

By David Schout Residents at a 222-apartment CBD building fought and won a battle with CitiPower after the power company proposed an extended supply cut with, “no concern whatsoever for the impact on residents”. One resident claimed that without enlisting the help of the City of Melbourne and the State Ombudsman, the eight-hour blackout would

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