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I recently for a walk along Haldon St at Lakemba.

There is an amazing mix of cultures in this part of the city. I hope this thread gives an insight into what the media doesnt want to show about this suburb.

Lakemba is around 12km southwest of the city































And the bookshop always at the centre of controvesy





And to end off with a bit of Australiana

Lakemba Hotel



Uniting Church



War Memorial



Lakemba Railway Station (recently refurbished)

 

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good shots! i like the shot you took that shows all the different overhanging shop signs. looks like all sorts walking the streets, no one race was more prevalent.
 

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doesnt look a very inviting place?
wheres the magnificent mosque?

 

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Nice pics.

Certainly isn't the most picturesque suburb in Sydney but it's nowhere near as bad as the mainstream media would make it out to be.
 

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Nice pics.

Certainly isn't the most picturesque suburb in Sydney but it's nowhere near as bad as the mainstream media would make it out to be.
Then again, citizens of Lakemba (or Leb-kemba as it's known) are also prone to complaining about it. I had a Korean friend who lived there and she was like "Don't walk around the train station because they'll just come and bash you." Of course, nothing of the sort happened. Then again I think some of her brothers were in Asian vs Wog bashings.
 

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It is still uninviting in some sense. Go to the shops and talk to someone from the counter. They have this fear mentality.

It was more inviting 10 years ago.
 

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Fabian, I'll be honest and it might sound a little rude but it's not supposed to be - I think you need a new camera. I don't like the way your pictures come out. Everything always looks so 1970s and smoggy because of something your camera does and I can't explain it but I'm not a fan of it.

Lakemba looks fine in those pics. The way the media and non-Sydneysiders rant on about it, you'd get the impression that it was a war zone with ghettos all over the place and burning cars at every turn. It's obviously not that, and you can see normal people and cute grandmas going about their normal lives.

But what pisses me off is the current NSW Labor party that represent this area. They've clearly failed in making these areas "greater", and it doesn't help when the dickheads that get voted act too disgustingly right-wing as well. People in Lakemba need to wake up and vote for a Green MP en masse. The problems of Lakemba would actually be targetted for once, as opposed to ignored and the area could actually improve by a few points.
 

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I don't think it's the responsibility of the NSW government to intervene and try to make it 'better'. I would rather let the Canterbury Council do the revamp. One thing that is really needed is to remove all overhead wiring relocate it underground. Then completely replace the battered roads.
 

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Fabian, I'll be honest and it might sound a little rude but it's not supposed to be - I think you need a new camera. I don't like the way your pictures come out. Everything always looks so 1970s and smoggy because of something your camera does and I can't explain it but I'm not a fan of it.
His camera is fine. It's just that he doesn't know how to effectively post-process or use it well. Needs a bit more contrast, saturation and sharpening tool.
 

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Someone's gotta revamp that area. A devoted council/MP would do their best to ensure that their area is not shit and that the problems are being tackled, but I have no idea how they're going about their jobs because the area hasn't been considered a better part of Sydney for some time so they can get a big F for fail from me. Maybe I should pretend to be a "concerned Lakemba person" and make the representatives know via email. I doubt they'll realise it and they may fob me off with some sort of diplomatic jargon. "We're making the area great by spending $100,000 on planting 2 flowers and that's pretty much it!". People living in the area should seriously all just vote for the Greens - a party that cares. The area would improve somehow.

And I've got no idea about photography but if that's what the camera needs, then I'd strongly encourage it.
 

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It's interesting to see something pics of Lakemba. We rarely get to see pics of that part of Sydney but through those pics, it looks quite decent. Nothing spectacular, but better than the portrayal the media is famous for giving it.

People should type it on FlickR. There are lots of pics taken during some festival and parade in Lakemba with all different ethnic communities that live in the area. It does have its problems but hopefully they'll get solved in the future.

This is a cool pic from Wikipedia, though as Miliux said, that overhead wiring doesn't look too cool:

 

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I have done some adjustments on photoshop with some of the photos so they should come out better now.

Fabian, I'll be honest and it might sound a little rude but it's not supposed to be - I think you need a new camera. I don't like the way your pictures come out. Everything always looks so 1970s and smoggy because of something your camera does and I can't explain it but I'm not a fan of it.
His camera is fine. It's just that he doesn't know how to effectively post-process or use it well. Needs a bit more contrast, saturation and sharpening tool.
I've had the camera for three and half years and still produces great shots. The lighting that day was awful particularly when you have blue skies mixing with cloudy skies - bad mix.

I have started to spruce up photos that I do take just to enhance them but when your focused on other things, you don't quite get around to doing it.
 

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Good exercise Fabian. I was interested to see it.

Looks like one of those half-way places, not unsightly enough for anyone to do anything about, not grungy enough to acquire chic - and just barren enough for every to feel quietly desperate.
 

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Nice shots !
 

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I don't buy the "ewww, dirty" comments from everyone else here. It looks exactly the same as every other suburban high street in Sydney.
 

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I don't buy the "ewww, dirty" comments from everyone else here. It looks exactly the same as every other suburban high street in Sydney.
I don't see any "eww dirty comments". It's just a normal place. Run down but not more so than any other Western Sydney shopping strip. Althoguh I went to Marickville today and was surprised by how ***** and span it looks these days. All the power lines are gone, too. It makes an enormous difference to the streetscape.
 

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Nice shoots.

I still think signs with languages other than English should be banned or regulated. It's a little confronting to be honest.
 

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Nice shoots.

I still think signs with languages other than English should be banned or regulated. It's a little confronting to be honest.
Banning signs that aren't in English? Doesn't that impede on the freedom of speech? While you are at it - why not bring back the White Australia Policy?

How is it confronting? It just reiterates that Australia is a vibrant multicultural community, one of the most successful in the world, something that should be embraced.

I understand that English is our common language and we need to emphasise it's importance to our immigrant communities, but banning signs is a very dangerous path to take.
 
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