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The face of the CBD

The face of the CBD

Being a 28-year-old Chinese Australian with three tertiary degrees, CBD resident Wendy Liu could very well be the face of Melbourne’s CBD. The latest census shows 38.4 per cent of Melbourne CBD residents have Chinese ancestry. The median age in the CBD is 26 and 57.8 per cent of residents are tertiary educated (read the

A $3 billion shopping spree

The latest Melbourne retail and hospitality report has shown that residents, visitors and workers within the City of Melbourne spent $3.03 billion on shopping and dining out in 2015. The surge has been attributed to the increase of residents, students, employees and visitors to our city. From 2015-2016, we welcomed 11.3 million tourists and saw

Photographic frenzy!

A collection of 100 maps documenting geotags has revealed that the most photographed spot in the CBD is the intersection of Swanston and Flinders streets. The collection is called The Geotaggers World Atlas and includes maps of cities from all over the world. The album is displayed on photo sharing website, Flickr. The maps are

Melbourne drops in student ranking

By Sunny Liu Melbourne is again ranked the best Australian city for students, but its world rank has fallen from the second to fifth.  The 2017 QS Best Student Cities Ranking places Melbourne the fifth-best student city around the world, Melbourne’s lowest ranking since 2014. Six other Australian cities, including Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth

Plenty of town hall intrigue to come

By Shane Scanlan Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has been returned for a third term, but he won’t have it all his own way over the next four years. Despite increasing his lord mayoral primary vote (from 41 per cent to 44 per cent), this support did not translate into the councillor election and he failed

Girls map a safer city

By Khiara Elliott Young Victorian women, Plan International Australia and CrowdSpot have come together to create a digital campaign to help women feel safer in our streets. Known as Free to Be, the project comprises an interactive map showing all the “happy” and “sad” spots of the CBD and greater Melbourne. Plan International has implemented

Picking your decision-maker: Forum Theatre loses Supreme Court appeal

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal lodged by developers of the Forum Theatre that VCAT erred by ruling that the responsible authority for their proposed development was the City of Melbourne, and not the Minister for Planning. A single planning permit application had been made to renovate the Forum Theatre site at 150-162 Flinders

Who benefits from market plan?

QVM redevelopment sounds good until you look at the detail.  Improvements can be made to the market without destroying it as we know it. Who benefits from the new plan? It won’t benefit shoppers. Having up-market restaurants and entertainment won’t help them.  People go to the market to shop, not to be entertained. It won’t

Vertical living

Melbourne has a long history of apartment living. Pre-war, this was the choice of wealthy bohemians seeking alternatives to the Victorian terrace and post-war. It is reputed that one in eight lived in flats. Melbourne is once again seeing a major change in how many residents are choosing to live, with tens of thousands moving into

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