Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Commercial Road

I don't know when Ian left Melbourne for the bright lights of NYC, but I thought he might like to see some photos of Commercial Road in Prahran/South Yarra.

The orange clothed building is the one where the scaffolding fell down. It is so out of proportion to rest of the street. What is painted green is the old Club Evolution and various shops along the way. Club Evolution for straights across the street from the very gay Market was problematic. Only Pabs Furniture on the corner of Porter Street is not painted green. Oh, and yes, that place in Porter Street is still there. No doubt what replaces the green buildings will be similar to the one shrouded in orange.
While it is a nice building, I blame the evil VCAT for allowing it to be built, as it is totally out of scale with the buildings next to it.

Cafe 151 closed down and briefly re-opened as Rae's Cafe. No, not you Rae, or at least I don't think so. Cafe 151 was fantastic in its heyday, but we all moved on. Next door is Pricillas's, formerly known as Diva. I think it does quite well.

13 comments:

  1. That's an extremely violent shade of corporation green there. If anyone even attempted to paint their building that colour round these parts they'd get taken to court.

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  2. That paint fell off the back of a truck, didn't it, Andrew?!
    Wish they'd do that around here, Brian, there's far too many bods who think found in mission brown gloss paint/aubergine-purple-gone-horribly-wrong-in-the-mixer or even omg-has-there-been-a-murder brilliant red splashed onto historic buildings is The Thing To Do.

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  3. We once painted a dining room that colour. We quickly realised our error and repainted but boy it took some coats to cover.

    I might guess that by making it look so bad, there will be a clamour to pull it down. Even so, I think the council should step in.

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  4. That green is indeed a particularly nasty shade. The Market was once straight, though not for long and under a different name. Once, the Exchange was brand new and as a teenager,(19 anyway) I used to frequent that bar somewhat and drink copious amounts of beer, the Market was never for me, a little too fashionable, tho I'm certain I spent some time there as it's 3faces incarnate. The joint down Porter st rings a bell or two I think some friends would go. Nice collection of photos, orange thing does look too big, looks like it could still go higher, am all for development but that is just not the spot for it.

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  5. Wouldn't mind going to Priscilla's you know..I am sure we have been to Diva's, its former life .

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  6. I have fallen in love with melbourne...which I never imagined being a country bumpkin. I love the South melbourne markets, St Kilda, the wide treelined streets, the comedy festival, the lake and the balck swans...and the changeability.

    People move slower...in general drivers are more considerate...compared to driving in Sydney melbourne is like a stately procession of cars all makeing sure they don't hit each other...



    I can't say the same about sydney

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  7. The Market did have a persona as Checkpoint Charlie, I seem to recall Ian. I think it was post the first Market when it had its straight time. I remember windows open to the street. I do remember when The Exchange opened. We used to go occasionally. When we moved here, we still had a bit of faith in bars, and thought it was marvellous to be on a direct tram route to the Exchange. Alas, we have never been.

    Cazzie, I have never been to Diva bar but I have heard that it was pretty good. A dyke friend, who ended up married with children told me how good it was. They played Tainted Love and the crowd went off, she told me.

    MC, I cannot agree with you about Sydney traffic. As an occasional visitor, I find they drive better in Sydney. You might not be so keen on Melbourne if you were here today when it turned cold. No matter. I love the cooler weather, my brain works better. But it is nice to rug up and to snuggle at home with the heating on.

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  8. Anonymous12:31 am

    Is the Exchange on Commercial Road? I think that's the pub that I used to drink at with my Rover crew back when we were all young'uns. The pub was nominally straight then but it was run by two guys who seemed to be a couple. They had a big fluffy cat that was sometimes allowed to roam the bar on a Thursday night when we were there. I know I went to this pub with you and R years ago (was there a beer garden?) and it had been extensively renovated since I'd been there in my youth. Vik.

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  9. Tainted Love...I love that song..going to You Tube now!

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  10. Yes Vik. That is it, but I can't recall the beer garden. Sad to say I can't recall going there with you. Actually, may it was a night so good, I can't remember it.

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  11. Doesn't matter how young people are Cazzie, it gets people going, as does Love Shack. Classics.

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  12. Anonymous5:20 pm

    Well it was a good night but I don't think it was THAT good! It was during a Midsumma opening so maybe the beer garden I remember was just temporary. Or maybe it wasn't a beer garden at all and we were sitting in the street! Vik.

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  13. I remember now Vik. There were tables and chairs set up in front of the Exchange, on the street. Gosh, it was a long time ago.

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