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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:22 AM   #21
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Wow, Melbourne looks amazing.
Should I assume, like most cities, that all the human traffic in the city represented in those photos dies out after a certain hour (6pm or so)?
Bourke St is dominated by two large department stores and the rest of it is retail so it dies out by the time the shops close (6pm, or 9pm on Fridays) but Swanston St usually has a lot of traffic because there are bars, cafes and restaurants located along the street, a university, the state library and two railway stations, including the central station for suburban trains here.

Both streets are also spines for the tram network so there are always people interchanging as well. Neither street dies out to the extent of other streets, such as those around the corner of the CBD dominated by courts and law firms.

The streets often do take a new life when it's Friday night though. For example, Swanston St will fill up with taxis and is the departure point for the after-midnight buses to get people home when the trains stop running for the night.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:22 PM   #22
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Laneways of the more modern variety





Old, new, and ugly wall.


Some people hate these two towers but it's good gap filler and it's stretching the skyline out too, in anticipation for the Carlton Brewery project.


Looking the other way...


People.





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Old July 16th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #23
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Awesome photos Invincible. Looks like an amazing city. I was there for a couple days around 11 years ago, but spent most of my time in the suburbs with family. I really wish I'd had more time to explore the city. Hopefully I'll be able to revisit soon.
Would you say the public transport system is good enough for people to live in Melbourne without a car?
Please keep the photos coming. They're great.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 02:39 PM   #24
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Yeah, it shouldn't be too hard to get around without a car if you live close enough to the city. There are frequent services anywhere with tram lines, but the bus network is generally inadequate except on some major roads where there is a lot of route bundling. It really does help to be close to a train station because a train will get you into the city a lot quicker than a tram will.

Although it eventually goes down to how long you're willing to wait. From 8pm onwards, trams only come every 20 minutes and trains arrive every 30-40 minutes. The closer to the city, the more routes you have bundling together, which can double (triple, etc) the effective frequency. During daytime hours, the waits are much shorter.

Many people I know (myself included) aspire to save enough money to be able to buy an apartment in the city and not need to own a car or even need to use public transport beyond short hops on a tram.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 03:34 AM   #25
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Melbourne is so HIP ! I love all the colours, it makes me feel alive More, more, more pics Invincible, they are gr8. Thank you
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Old July 18th, 2008, 01:44 PM   #26
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yeah such cool photos !
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Old August 4th, 2008, 04:11 PM   #27
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Moar.

Latrobe St is a bit forgotten sometimes.





14 lantern traffic light.


Melbourne Central




More people.

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Old August 27th, 2008, 11:08 AM   #28
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Trying to keep this thread alive.



Had to stand out there in the open with only an umbrella to protect me but it was worth it.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 04:00 PM   #29
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awesome!
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 01:22 PM   #30
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Old November 7th, 2008, 01:35 PM   #31
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absolutely "gorgeous"
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Old December 25th, 2008, 01:46 PM   #32
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Haven't updated this thread in a while. But now I have finished university and returned from a trip to Japan (photos on that later ) so I have time to do more things around town.



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Old January 3rd, 2009, 04:34 PM   #33
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Visited the new bridge at the Convention Centre today.






There isn't much on the northern side of the bridge...



And the southern side is still a big construction site.




But, the view from the area is nice.




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Old January 3rd, 2009, 04:58 PM   #34
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Melbourne strikes me as a laidback, comfortable type of city. It seems very welcoming and I can't wait to visit it someday. Who was Sir Edward Barry?
Have the streetcars/trams always been green? They are a bit retro and very cool looking. I love streetcars that have civic identity and are not just the generic bullet shaped ones popping up all over the globe now. Trams don't hurtle along at 500 km/hr... so I am not sure why they have to be aerodynamically designed.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 05:26 PM   #35
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Sir Redmond Barry was the judge famous for sentencing the bushranger Ned Kelly to death.

The green and cream colour scheme is the original colour scheme for the heritage W class trams. There was a stage in the 80s and 90s when every tram was painted green and yellow but the 1970s era Z class trams were delivered in bright orange (!!) and today's trams, if not in advertising livery, are now predominantly white/grey with the exception of the W class which keeps its heritage colour scheme. I've seen old photos of the more modern tram classes (1970s-90s) in the old green and yellow colours and it's really not that pleasing. But green has been a dominant colour up until the beginning of this decade.

The W class trams are still rolling museum pieces at the end of the day though. They are too slow, uncomfortable and difficult to board for regular route service and the ones I photographed were all running on a minor route.
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 09:28 PM   #36
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I'm enjoying seeing Melbourne pics
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Great shots Vincey. I didn't realize that the bridge was open.
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I noticed the bridge a few weeks ago, but never checked the area out. Thanks for the great shots. Look at all those cranes too!
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Old January 4th, 2009, 08:28 AM   #39
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Oh...really love looking at pictures from Melbourne. Would love to move there from Adelaide anytime that I can.
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^ Get moving! It's easier for me to visit Melbourne than Adelaide .. haha
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