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Artist's impression of "new" open space in Collins St.

Public contributes its  own “new” open space

Public contributes its  own “new” open space

By Shane Scanlan The CBD is to get a new 1850sqm park, but the history of the site has muted the celebration. The new park comprises 474sqm contributed by developer Cbus, with the remainder being taken from adjoining Market St, which is being closed to one lane. The entire block bounded by Collins, William and

Hosier Lane

Culture Kings backs down on Hosier

By Meg Hill Streetwear giant Culture Kings, which sparked outrage last month by calling the police on street artists in Hosier Lane, has retreated and issued an “embarrassed” public apology.  The back down came after the Victorian Socialists launched a campaign against Culture Kings following CBD News’s articles on the incident last month.  Their campaign

Federation Square

Public and private visions don’t mix

By Meg Hill Disgruntled Melburnians gathered in Federation Square on September 19 to protest the Apple flagship store planned to replace one of the square’s buildings. The rally was organised by Citizens for Melbourne and guest speakers included National Trust CEO Simon Ambrose, Greens councillor Rohan Leppert and Victorian Socialist candidate Stephen Jolly. The state

Rutledge Lane


By Shane Scanlan The City of Melbourne (CoM) has declared a public lane off-limits for its compliance officers because they feel threatened by rough-sleepers. In an email to a local resident, local laws team supervisor Kosmo Kanatsidis said he had determined Rutledge Lane was too risky for his staff to enter. “It is my determination that

Culture Kings has its own ideas of Hosier Lane "street art".

Killing the culture that laid the golden egg

By Meg Hill In a fairly foreseeable series of events, the move of monolithic clothing chain Culture Kings into Melbourne’s iconic Hosier Lane has proved antithetical to the preservation of culture. There’s no lack of irony in this story. A corporate enterprise decides to trade on the currency of culture, even claiming to be the

Lord Mayor Sally Capp reflects on her first 100 days.

Reflections on “full pelt”for 100 days

By Shane Scanlan Some 100 days into the lord mayoralty, Sally Capp’s energy is undiminished and her learning along the way has sharpened her capacity to effect change. It’s a very different council with Cr Capp in the chair. The council has become open and available.  Collaboration and co-operation are present where, not so long

Melbourne Day 2017

Critics open fire on Melbourne Day

By Shane Scanlan The “invasion day” label, which has controversially dogged Australia Day in recent years, has caught up with the CBD-based Melbourne Day, with immediate consequences.  After decades of support, Melbourne Day is this year proceeding on August 30 without any funding from the City of Melbourne. Melbourne Day chairman Campbell Walker told CBD

Cr Nicholas Reece makes a call on the new model pay-phone (left) and the old way (right).

Telstra plunders CBD for profits

By Shane Scanlan After years of incremental encroachment into the public domain for private profits, Telstra appears to have crossed a City of Melbourne “line in the sand” with its latest rollout of monster digital advertising. Locals would have witnessed the recent unveiling on CBD footpaths of about 40 3m x 1.1m digital signs – advertising

School holiday gaol break

Emma, 14, at left Olivia, 8, were two of the hundreds of children to “Escape the Gaol” at the Old Melbourne Gaol during the winter school holidays. The immersive and educational activity was designed to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards. Photographer Suzie Potter captured the pair getting up-close

Decision time on CEO Ben Rimmer

By Shane Scanlan Melbourne councillors will decide in the next couple of weeks whether to keep or replace CEO Ben Rimmer, whose four-year contract expires on February 8. If they are to replace Mr Rimmer, they have until September 8 to give him the required six months’ notice. With time running out for the scheduled

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