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Health and Wellbeing

By Kathryn Anderson Fast for the hungry Remember those weekends as a teenager, surviving on nothing but barley sugar and water? Cast your mind back to your teen years and the words “40 Hour Famine” might conjure up fun weekends raising money for World Vision and this year marks its 40th anniversary. To raise awareness

A big month in planning

By Laurence Dragomir Another month and another slew of planning applications have made their way on to Urban Melbourne’s radar – most notably 200m+ towers at 293-303 LaTrobe St and 350 Queen St. The Duke of Kent site at 293-303 LaTrobe St would become Figtree Holdings Limited’s first foray into Melbourne. Designed by DKO Architecture,

The best free events at MSFW

By Laura Timberlake Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) has rolled around again. We might still be shivering in our coats, but it’s time to start planning our spring/summer wardrobes. MSFW has a variety of events on between August 28 – September 4. And plenty of them are free! A lot of designers and retailers are

‘City Limits’, a missed opportunity

Book review by Shane Scanlan As residents of inner-city urban renewal areas, we are generally ahead in our understanding of how big cities like Melbourne work and how they don’t work. After all, we have already made the decision to locate ourselves in the centre, ditch the car, and generally leverage the other available benefits.

Shopping with a difference

By Laura Timberlake Melbourne offers some of best shopping spots in Australia. Sometimes the department stores and shopping centres can get a little bit boring, though. There are a variety of stores, events and services in Melbourne that offer an alternative to hitting the department stores. They are kinder ways to shop – both on

Health and Wellbeing

By Kathryn Anderson Going dry this July Dry July is now in its eighth year. Dry July encourages all of us to quit booze for a month. As well as the health benefits that can be gained by going alcohol-free, the main aim of Dry July is to raise money for 47 beneficiaries to support

It’s all about apartments

By Laurence Dragomir This month’s column sees me taking over the reins from my Urban Melbourne compatriot, Alastair Taylor and so I thought it would be apt to pick up from where he left off last month. Debate amongst the industry and government regarding the Better Apartments discussion paper continues, with the Minister for Planning,

The making of a lord mayor

Robert Doyle’s six years as Lord Mayor of Melbourne has benefitted both the city and the man himself. Melbourne has had a highly articulate, hard working and talented champion.  And Cr Doyle has experienced a rehabilitation of sorts and has emerged a better person. This is largely because of the nature of local government.  Although

We’re all grown ups now

As someone who has seen the CBD develop and mature, Peter Barrett certainly appreciates what it has become. Peter well remembers the time (not so long ago) when it was a provincial, stark and (frankly) embarrassing place to spend time after office hours. His New York-based aunt visited in 1971 and said she had never

He’s RAD!

“Street art is good for getting a message across and being listened to.” Motivated by the desire to create, this talented artist is constantly experimenting and evolving. He considers himself to be a painter rather than a street artist. Rad, like many of the artists I’ve interviewed, doesn’t have an art school background. Drawing and

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