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How life is changing for CBD locals

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

Tourist location in total disrepair

By Adrian Doyle Hosier Lane has been an unaesthetic free-for-all for many years now.  After Amac left the lane and shut Citylights and Until Never galleries in about 2008, The Banksys had already been painted over accidently.  In 2009 I began running regular workshops twice a month with the young people through Signal. This meant

More short-stay abuse – with no recourse for residents

By Barbara Francis and Rus Littleson Residents across Melbourne are reporting more horror stories of short-stay abuse – with little chance of any meaningful redress and still less of any resolution.  In our previous column we reported the case of an enterprising resident who won a victory in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

New offerings at The District Docklands Market Lane

By Jack Hayes While The District Docklands continues to expand, so too does the abundance of quality food offerings for shoppers.  After welcoming Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s, MarketPlace Fresh and The Butcher Club Epicurean late last year, The District has now added Empire Asian Supermarket, one of largest of its kind in the CBD, as well

Soul A Go Go

By Chris Mineral The Melbourne-based Soul Messin Allstars, comprising some of the best producers and studio musicians who live and breathe soul, have a brand-new seven-inch single called Soul A Go Go with a film clip featuring choreographer Fortuna Kebebe.  This is a sonic delight that is now available at all good record stores in the

Vertical villages – an owners’ corporation manager’s view

By Janette Corcoran Our vertical villages employ a host of workers – concierges, window washers, gardeners – but when it comes to the owners’ corporation (OC) manager, some of us are less clear about their role, often asking “what’s the difference between an OC manager and a building manager?”  OC managers play a distinct role

The apple doesn’t fall far

By David Schout They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree but in the case of Market Organics owner Wendy Edwards, the phrase takes on a whole new meaning. Since she was three weeks old, Wendy has been making the regular pilgrimage to Queen Victoria Market (QVM). Her family’s apple orchard in Red

State Library Station taking shape below Swanston St

Construction of the Metro Tunnel Project’s new State Library Station is well underway, with the main cavern now excavated and work starting on the permanent station.  The cavern under the CBD has been excavated using three road headers, each of which excavate around 500 tonnes of rock every day. They are equipped with cutterheads that

A different view from Eastern Hill

By Rhonda Dredge When you gather artists together you usually have controversy, even at the Victorian Artists’ Society (VAS) in its lovely Romanesque building just east of the Hoddle Grid. Not many are aware of the pleasures of the society nor its illustrious history. It was here in the late 1800s that the Heidelberg School

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