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Old July 8th, 2008, 01:11 AM   #81
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Part 6

The 2 images below are of Campbell Arcade





Campbell Arcade

Also known as Degraves Street Subway, Campbell Arcade was built to provide a subway exit from Flinders Street Station and relieve commuter congestion on Flinders and Swanston Streets. First proposed in 1926, building began in 1952 and cost £300,000. It was opened to much fanfare in 1955 and admired for its ‘black granite columns, pink wall tiles, neat shops and show windows.’
While it remains an icon of 1950s public works architecture, since 1994 it has also been home to fringe artists, who use the arcade’s large display cases as exhibition space.

The 13 images below are of Melbourne Central








….In the daytime the arcades at Melbourne are affluent in well-dressed womankind.

George Augustus Sala 1885

It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same 120 years later.



















Extracts from The Age
Date: August 19 2005
By Adam Morton

MELBOURNE'S heart has been "reconquered" as a place for eating and drinking, study and recreation, and the number of people living in the CBD has risen eight-fold in a decade.

Places for People project manager Jan Gehl, a Danish architect who has been visiting Melbourne for 25 years, said the CBD had transformed from being the hole surrounded by the "doughnut"of suburban dwellers, to the "miracle of the Yarra".

"There will be three times more people sitting and standing and listening and enjoying Melbourne today compared to 10 years ago," Professor Gehl said.

The study found pedestrian traffic in the CBD on weekday evenings nearly doubled to more than 90,000 a day in the decade to 2004.

Other increases include:

• 275 per cent more outdoor cafes, restaurants and bars.

• 177 per cent more seats at kerbside cafes.

• 809 per cent more apartments.

• 62 per cent more students living and/or being educated in the CBD, up to nearly 82,000.

The length of CBD laneways in use has multiplied by a factor of 10, from 300 metres to 3.43 kilometres, including 500 metres of completely new space. Professor Gehl said Melbourne had increased the quality of its streets, the number of squares, parks and trees, and upgraded trams and lighting.

"If one should make a list of what a city could do to make it more friendly for people and more inviting, most of these things would be in that list," he said.
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FANTASTIC !! Melbourne Central kicks ass. Thanks for the pics Collector
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Old July 8th, 2008, 06:25 AM   #83
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Just for you SYDNEY.

Melbourne Central from the Rialto.

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Old July 9th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #84
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Part 7

The 10 images below are of the Q.V. Complex





















The 5 images below are of Southgate











The image below is of Oliver Lane



Text from The Age (Melbourne) Magazine

When Melbourne’s town blueprint was first laid out by Robert Hoddle, in 1837, there wasn’t a laneway in sight. Not for this gracious lady of a city were there to be these rabbit-warren backways of iniquity. Hoddle had plans for broad boulevards and streets (each 99 feet wide), a rarity in cities at the time. What he did not foresee was the imperative of commerce: as more and more land was bought up by enterprise, and the large-scale blocks of his grid were carved up by the need for access this way and that, laneways, alleys and dead-ends cropped up virtually ad hoc. Now in the city’s backways a precious, diverse pulse awaits any who want to try their feet out, going this way and that, preferably with time, mapless, and an open mind to spare.
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Just for you SYDNEY.

Melbourne Central from the Rialto.
Thanks mate God I am so "homesick" ..... we are making plans to visit Melbourne again in August (just for the weekend) ...... I can't wait another year. Amazing pics but I didn't expect anything else from you

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Part 8

The 5 images below are of Howey Place











The 2 images below are of Lingham Lane





The image below is of Duckboard Place.



The image below is of Lush Lane



The 2 images below are of Tavistock Place





The image below is of Coromandel Place



The 3 images below are of Highlander Lane







The 3 images below are of Manchester Lane







The image below is of Anthony Street



From mere service backways that were dead at night, they are now often converted into apartment lined lanes.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 03:15 PM   #88
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Part 9

The 4 images below are of Gills Alley









The image below is of Melbourne Place



The 8 images below are of Caledonian Lane







Probably best known for St Jerome’s





A review of St Jerome's by Mark Davies

St Jerome's, in a long alley next to Myer, plays innocent cafe during the day. Bring on the evening though, and it ditches the foccacias and goes grunge.

Inside? Super tiny. Barely 8m x 5m, and something you'd expect in the back streets of Paris, not Melbourne. Delightful little piles of clutter, second hand lamps, and beers served by the can.

Push through all that and end up in the courtyard. You'll find a DJ spinning away rockin' tunes, speakers on milk crates, alternative types everywhere, and a vibe that you haven't seen since the Big Day Out.

How it all came together is a mystery to us. St Jerome's is hands down one of the most leftfield venues ever. It's alternative, drum'n'bass, electro, indie. If you're the chilled type, you'll like St Jerome's as a perfect starting spot.







The St Jerome’s Laneway Festival that used to be staged outdoors in Caledonian Lane has now expanded and moved on to the street, annexing an entire city block. (Lonsdale Street, between Swanston and Elizabeth). The festival began as a little celebration of indie-pop but demand dictated it couldn’t remain amid the stencil art and rubbish bins on Caledonian Lane; capacity has expanded from 1750 to 4500.
The event now has four stages: Lonsdale Street, the original Caledonian Lane site, The Lounge nightclub, and a DJ area in a bunker underneath the Myer building.
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I heard from people who work at Planning for Melbourne City Council that St Jeroms and whole of Lonsdale House will be gone for the Myer redevelopment, very sad news as Caledonean Lane is amaizing.
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Peter - you are disclosing our little secrets to the world.... and tourists now..

those laneways below are home to some of groovy bars/restaurants - for the locals in the know only --- well not anymore...

The Melbourne place is home to the Hairy Canary Part 2 bar (forgot the name by know- it has nice tapas/spanish food)
and Gills kitchen is kinda groovy spanish inspired food too
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Awesome photos and thread. This thread makes me want to visit Melbourne for sure.
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Old July 14th, 2008, 01:11 AM   #93
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Part 10

The 3 images below are of Presgrave Place







The 4 images below are of Drewery Lane









The 5 images below are of Tattersalls Lane











The 3 images below are of Crossley Street







The 4 images below are of Warburton Lane









Part of Melbourne’s distinct retail personality was the innovative use of its laneway networks and part of Melbourne’s Retail Strategy recognized the importance of maintaining, expanding and enriching the laneways culture.

• In the near future there will be rapid expansion of laneways including:

• A new retail lane, Goldsbrough Lane, between Bourke and Little Bourke Streets.

• An undeveloped site between the Rail Viaduct and Flinders Street developed into Northbank Place.

• A new laneway connecting Bourke and Little Collins Streets at the Southern Cross site.

• Concept plans to introduce a series of lanes at the RMIT/CUB site on Victoria, Swanston and Queensbury Streets.
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There is so much that we haven't seen - thank you. You can easily spend 5 days in the CBD alone.
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http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/info.cfm?top=23&pg=966

The Street Art Project in Union Lane

The Street Art Project in Union Lane will see a large mural covering 540 square metres of wall space created along both sides of Union Lane in the heart of the CBD. A group of young people are working to create the mural alongside highly skilled professional artist-mentors.

The project is a key component of the City of Melbourne’s Graffiti Mentoring Program, which aims to introduce young people to the official processes of organising and producing legal street art.

The mural in Union Lane will be conducted under the City of Melbourne's legal street art permit system, permit number STA 015.

The Graffiti Mentoring Program is designed to educate young people who may have been involved with graffiti to increase their artistic skills and express their art in a positive and legal manner.

One of the key aims of the project in Union Lane is that the artist-mentors will facilitate opportunities for these young people to legitimately express themselves through legal street art, diverting their efforts away from illegal tagging.

The project has connected with many of the city’s youth service agencies to identify the young people involved. Up to 12 young people aged 13 - 25 are participating in each of the workshop sessions.

Where is Union Lane? Union Lane runs between Bourke Street and Little Collins Street, between David Jones and 'The Walk Arcade'.

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Exhibition Street, Marvellous Melbourne

Photographs taken over the past three years.

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Southbank

Photographs shot over the last four years.

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Arts Centre



Federation Court showing ticketing area and escalator.



Next two, the Great Hall showing Leonard French ceiling.





Next two, the Sculpture Garden.





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