Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A South Melbourne stroll then to town

We left the bus in St Kilda Road and walked to Chemist Warehouse in Sturt Street. It wasn't far.

Before we left, we noticed that the tram shelter across the road which had been vandalised by the youf had been repaired, except for the tinted roof glass. A couple of weeks later, finally it has been repaired.


It was quite a pleasant short walk.


This is a curious building. A roundhouse was a building to where trains were once kept but there is no connection to trains with this round, well maybe hexagonal building.


A ventilation stack for the City Link tunnels. Imagine the muck that comes out of that. A politician arguing the benefits of East West Link was heard to say, imagine Melbourne without City Link. Remember this the next time you are sitting stationary in a City Link tunnel and paying for the privilege. I would argue the contrary. Traffic is self limiting up to a point. The demand for better public transport would have been loud.


Vault finally found its right home almost out of sight at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. It is a much unloved sculpture known to many as the Yellow Peril.


Victoria, the only state where motorbikes can be parked on the footpath. These ones are neatly lined up and generally not a bother to anyone, but that is not always the case in our fair city of Melbourne. Daniel explains.
 

Bad design at this tram stop in Bourke Street. It is the usual case of someone designing something without looking at natural human behaviour. We along with about twenty other people left the tram and walked out onto the pedestrian crossing and cars stopped and then we backtracked to get around the barrier and cross the road. R had to wait in the Medicare office, so I ducked back to take this photo. The people with the brollies had just left a tram and did as we did earlier and had followed the same path.

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  1. Interesting glimpse of Melbourne, note no sun. One of the owners of Chemist warehouse was our neighbour until he left his lovely wife for another woman who turned out to be an alcoholic.

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    1. Diane, there wasn't a freezing cold southerly wind or a hot north wind, so by my standards the weather was ok. Humankind and that damn greener grass on the other side of the fence!

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  2. That hexagonal building looks really interesting, Andrew. Can you recall its exact name and location - I don't live far away and would love to check out its history.

    Have a great holiday and a safe New Year!

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    1. Took me a bit Hels as I could not remember which street we walked down, but it is the north east corner of Grant and Dodds Streets, Southbank. Looking at Street View, it has Mounted Branch on the door, so part of the Police Stables in Dodds Street. Please let me know if you find out what it was for.

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  3. Hi Hels and Andrew,

    http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/buildings/victoria-police-mounted-branch

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    1. Thanks Pippa. Helpful, but I don't believe its original purpose was for horses.

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    2. Pippa and Hels, the building is actually octagonal not hexagonal and was built as the entrance hall to the Police Stables in about 1913.

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  4. "The demand for better public transport would have been loud."
    Isn't it still?

    That yellow sculpture is ugly. Glad it is in your city and not mine.

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    1. River, Vault was so hated and despised that I felt sorry for it and I am glad it has found a home among artistic types who might appreciate it.

      As I have said in the past, you have to influential people travelling on public transport for it to change.

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  5. I wonder in which mental state the architects were ?? I only like the roundhouse which is not really round, lol !
    We have Christmas weather, 100 km/h storm and rain ! How nice !

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    1. Well Gattina, you know architects. Yes, I have heard about your weather, but then Canada is under many many metres of snow with ice everywhere too.

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