Nostalgia in the city

Robert Hoddle’s famous grid has become  rich with community, business, events – and memories.

The “heart of the city” was recently recognised as part of the City of Melbourne’s heritage review, where people were asked to share their stories.

On the council’s “participate” webpage, interested parties were asked to drop a pin on a specific site/location and share why that spot was special to them.

The aim was that the memories and stories people shared would help shape a view of what is important to Melburnians and what values and qualities should be maintained as the city grows.

Here are a few of them:

Jason, State Library: I love the grass in front of the State Library because it’s comfortable, beautiful and it’s nature. I also love this location because it’s the place for many civil society actions that make our city, and our world, a better place.

Carey, various: Guilford Lane, Flanagan Lane, McKlean Alley – the old factories, the bluestone lanes, a perfect capsule of Melbourne’s industrial past.

PC, Corner of Collins and Elizabeth streets: There is a small forecourt here, with a bronze tree sculpture, which is a great location to arrange to meet.

Aron, Swanston and Flinders streets: I remember marching with 100,000 fellow citizens against the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. Swanston St and the intersection of Flinders St have seen many more protests.

If you want to see these and other memories submitted by the public, visit participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/hoddlegridheritage

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