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Comic book heroes

Comic book heroes

Liveable city is one thing, but how many people know that Melbourne’s CBD has the best comic book shop in the world? All Star Comics in Lonsdale has this year shared first place with a Nebraskan store at the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award in San Diego. Owners Troy Varker and Mitchell Davies

Triumph for fan-power

Fans Sally Bruen and Jenny Valentish never met their idol Chrissy Amphlett, but that didn’t stop them successfully campaigning for a Melbourne lane to be name in the late singer’s honour. The pair were instrumental in a campaign which started with a petition of 7000 signatures and is expected to culminate with the sign “Amphlett

Trade-off on over-shadowing

The City of Melbourne last month sacrificed its formerly-consistent opposition to over-shadowing of the south bank of the Yarra in return for public open space at 447 Collins St. Developer Cbus offered the council nearly 2000sqm of space in return for council’s support for a change to the planning scheme. The offer clearly presented a

Demolition fears for historic drill hall

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) fears it could be evicted from its premises and the historical building demolished after the state election. The Drill Hall at 239 A’Beckett St is owned by the State Government but is on a list of properties which could be sold. The society says it has been given

Call for protection for Guildford Lane

Heritage lobby group Melbourne Heritage Action wants protection for Guilford Lane. The group’s president Tristan Davies wrote to the City of Melbourne last month asking for heritage listing for the lane. Mr Davies said Guildford Lane had been recommended in the past for heritage protection but that nothing had been done. He said, with a

Melbourne salutes Anaïs’s achievement

By Tina Thorburn Born on Avenue de Victor Hugo in Paris, French-American Anaïs Lellouche seemed the perfect person to curate the Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage exhibit in Melbourne’s CBD. The State Library of Victoria thought so and brought Ms Lellouche on board to help make this ambitious exhibit possible. Ms

Council ready to support overshadowing

By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne appears ready to support over-shadowing of the south bank of the Yarra in return for desperately-needed open space in the CBD. The council has not previously supported over-shadowing of the river and the principle has remained “sacrosanct”. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle used the term “sacrosanct” on August 5

Hannah wants your story

Honours year journalism student Hannah Scholte wants to know what it is like to live in the CBD. The Monash University student is making a documentary film about city life and is keen to connect with local residents. Her interest in the subject was sparked by a news snippet earlier this year which revealed that

More people sleeping rough

The number of people sleeping rough on Melbourne’s street has significantly increased over the past year, according to the annual StreetCount survey. In most years since 2008, the City of Melbourne has co-ordinated the “point-in-time” survey, with volunteer observers taking to the inner city streets this year on Tuesday, June 3. This year, 142 people

Market graves still in limbo

By Shane Scanlan The bones of an estimated 7500 of the CBD’s first European residents remain in the City of Melbourne’s too-hard-basket after nearly a century of disrespect. The human remains lie buried under the Queen Victoria Market (QMV) and the issue has again come to prominence with the council’s recently-announced market re-development plans. The

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