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Convenience stores mirror growth

Convenience stores mirror growth

By Jack Hayes The burgeoning number of convenience stores in the CBD is a visible indication of the city’s massive residential population growth. After years of being serviced by the “bit players”, the local residential population has finally attracted the retailing attention of the “big boys”. Woolworths has entered the market in a big way

Food is the ultimate uniting force

By Katie Wong Hoy When Pheh Sze Teh (known as PS) migrated to Australia from Malaysia 10 years ago, she was a food lover with a big dream. In 2015 the CBD-based pharmacist consolidated FoodSocial, a network connecting food lovers across Melbourne through social events. “I always wanted to start my own business and I

Noise wars: A guide to CBD survival

By Shane Scanlan If you are thinking about living in the CBD, you would do well to find a spot in these three garbage-truck-restricted zones. The City of Melbourne bans garbage trucks in these areas between 11 pm and 6 am every night of the week: Flinders Lane between Swanston St and Mill Place and

Short-stays head back to Supreme Court

The long-running dispute between inner-city residents and short-stay apartment operators took another twist last month with the Watergate owners’ corporation (OC) voting to take its grievance to the Supreme Court. The Docklands-based OC was on the losing end of a recent Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing which determined it had no power to

Choosing life over cancer

By Shane Scanlan Some time ago Victoria Pajouhesh made a deeply difficult decision to have a double mastectomy as well as a hysterectomy to get on the right side of overwhelming odds of developing cancer. More recently, the CBD business owner made the potentially-equally-brave decision to speak publicly about it. Victoria’s beloved mother Emelia tragically

Glowing reviews for Fringe

Patrons at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival couldn’t miss this character emerging from the darkness during a “Luminous” performance last month. Bodypaint artist Jessica Watson Miller and her band of iridescent illusionists thrilled spectators as they explored a world beyond the darkness.

Thumbs up for planning reforms

By Shane Scanlan A year ago, the new CBD planning regime would have been unthinkable. Back then, former planning minister “Mr Skyscraper” Matthew Guy was earning the ire of academics, architects, planners, councillors and CBD residents for his apparent unrestrained approach. But that’s all changed now. No one really knew what changes Labor would make,

The ‘Russian Hippo’

By Sarah Price Flinders Street Station is full of people in a constant rush to go somewhere, however Lex and his four-month-old American Staffy puppy Behemoth blissfully walk along the station taking their time. Lex and Behemoth live in the city and are out exploring Melbourne every day.  They especially love meeting other dogs and

Council is rolling in cash

The City of Melbourne is making so much money, it can’t spend it fast enough. For the past three years it has failed to spend its capital works budget.  In the last financial year, it underspent its works budget by whopping $28 million. In speaking about the council’s financial performance in 2014-15, finance chair Cr

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