Sydney's Hungry Mile was officially called Millers Point. It had its own tram line, but being such a short route, along George Street to Dawes Point through The Rocks area and then back along Lower Fort Street to Argyle Place, the trip was often tucked on to the end of trips in from suburbs or alternated with the Pyrmont service. The name Hungry Mile arose because the area was a wharf where casual dock workers would hang around hoping for a chance of a day's labour loading or unloading ships. Container transportation of goods on ships saw the end of the Hungry Mile and I imagine the area is now an unattractive no go place.
But land so close to city sitting unused? A state government struggling with its finances? Yep, a massive development is proposed. I mentioned the location once in the past. Here is a satellite image of the site from googlie.
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This first proposal came from the state government I believe. I see stepping stones down to Walsh Bay with a linear park along the edge of Darling Harbour. I suppose there must be tall buildings. Does the park run to a dead end at Walsh Bay? Not sure if that is a good idea.
Here is a developer's proposal. It is quite different to the original government plan. Not content with the massive are the have to work with, they want to build out into Darling Harbour. What a mish mash of tall skinny buildings and the area cut in two by what I guess will be a boat marina. Is it not enough that they get what was public land? Now developers want to take over the water as well. Why not just fill Darling Habour in and build tall buildings all over it. I blame VCAT and Justin Madden.