Local Monopoly fails to pass ‘Go’

Can you imagine Melbourne without Collins or Bourke streets?

The makers of the new Melbourne edition of the iconic board game Monopoly can, as shown when they launched the game at Federation Square last month.

Federation Square features, as does the Victoria Market.  And the CBD’s heart is represented by Hosier and Hardware lanes.

But that’s about as good as it gets.  Apart from nailing three of the four railways positions, with Flinders St, Parliament and Melbourne Central stations, there is surprisingly little CBD reference in the game.

The suggestion has been made that Monopoly sold spots to the highest bidders.  That would explain why CBD newcomer Emporium commands its own position.

Collins Street Precinct Association president Mary Poulakis said she was disappointed that Australia’s pre-eminent street did not make the grade.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t make the board and that the churches and iconic buildings were overlooked,” Ms Poulakis said. “I haven’t seen the board but have read that there are a few landmarks missing.”

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said bringing Melbourne and Monopoly together was a great idea.

“Being named the World’s Most Livable City for five years in a row, it makes sense for Melbourne to have its own version of the world’s most famous board game,” he said.

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