This was the first of Fitzroy Street's new tram stops. The tram is known as a Bumblebee, for obvious reasons. It is French made and only leased by Yarra Trams. It is soon to return to Spain along with its other few mates that service Route 96.
The bike lane is a new addition but cyclists have issues with it. I have my own issues with it and I will write about that later. Note that Fitzroy Street now has a forty kilometre speed limit and yes, that motel above the shops is still there. What that motel has seen in its life time would make hair curl.
When tiny little clumps of grass were planted at the tram stop, I was doubtful they would survive. I was sure they would quickly be trampled to death but at least the area closest in the photo are doing well.
Fitzroy Street is much more pleasant and with less traffic due to the efforts of City of Port Phillip, Yarra Trams and Vic Roads. Not often you would hear praise by me for any of them.
And here is a photo of the venerable Prince of Wales Hotel. It is looking very fine these days, but still has its original feel in the ground level bars. There are serving windows to the street seating, a very pleasant place to sit in tree leaf filtered rays on a sunny day.