CBD Local articles

Catching up with Dan

By Rhonda Dredge Melbourne’s CBD dwellers are still singing the praises of the city particularly at dusk when the spaces are empty and the lights of the streets compete with the glow of the sky. La Trobe St is quite attractive and Flagstaff Gardens even better where the lights of the skyscrapers add to the

A perfect platform for café life

By Rhonda Dredge During the two successive lockdowns that have inhibited our cafe culture, some characters around the CBD have inspired others with their generosity and style. If you look up the name Simon Hartley on Google you’ll get a barrage of quotes about him. He’s been called a “legend” of the CBD culinary scene

City folk return to the arcades

By Rhonda Dredge The grace of the CBD is undeniably in its arcades but these grand urban spaces from the days of polite society are usually too full of tourists to be that attractive to local city folk.  Collins St residents Robyn and Phillip have been loyally passing through the arcades during the lockdown. “We

Staying open

By Rhonda Dredge The small community of business people at the top of Bourke St is keeping itself going by staying open and giving each other encouragement through the hard times.  Carmel Dwyer has kept normal hours at her newsagent even though takings are down 80-85 per cent. A neighbour drives her in from West

How life is changing for CBD locals

By Meg Hill In an apartment in the city, a semi-retired couple with careers in health economics behind them have been watching the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis play out. Jeff and Bronwyn Richardson, aged 69 and 73 respectively, live in an old art nouveau building on the corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets.  Jeff, the founder

An interesting woman

By Rhonda Dredge When Lynne Wenig moved into one of the earliest office building conversions in 1995 she found the CBD quite bland but she soon discovered she had the skills to make a home here. Her father had been a graphic designer in New York and she had lived in Manhattan during her formative

Taking the turtle for a walk

By Rhonda Dredge A figure walks through the city. She’s trying to feel her way into the spaces. She isn’t sure where she is heading. A flash of colour or an open door might lead her astray. Bronwen Kamasz could be in a movie, one of those slow motion sequences in which the moments seem

When art does all the talking

By Rhonda Dredge Private collectors are shy, hiding behind their artworks, but they do love to make a fuss about the artists in their collection.  Jan van Schaik has 128 works in his small Bourke St apartment and most are squeezed into the hall. He can list the names of all of them and is

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