Today is a selection of some photos I took at St Kilda Junction. I have shown you the area before, but nothing in the city stays the same, except perhaps very old trees. I am a bit disappointed in many of these photos. Perhaps I am getting too used to high quality photos I am seeing on some blogs.
St Kilda Junction's first highrise. It is not really tall but boy is it visible, from all directions and dominates the skyline. I was very against it being built because once one tall building is erected, it is only a matter of time before another will appear. Is this the way of future architecture? Take a look at this one in Toronto. I wonder if the inspiration was found at Trinity Wharf in London's dock area?
Swinging the camera around to the south, see what I mean about a precedent set? Low rise St Kilda Junction will be history very quickly.
This is our most wonderful Corroboree Tree and visible from many locations but seldom noticed by people as they speed past below and to its side.
This plaque explains its history.
The barrier is to stop our native possums climbing the tree and damaging it.
The area has had a tidy up since I was last there. Much better now, with seats to sit and contemplate the majestic tree in front of you.
Jacobs was a respected English born Jewish businessman and philanthropist.
I could not even get a reasonable photo of the grandstand until I fiddled with some settings. The name Blackie was not because he was black, but just his name.
Look further up St Kilda hill the precedent came to pass, with a much taller building under construction.
St Kilda Park Primary School is pretty and dates back to 1881.
Look closer at its beauty. Parents are revolting at the school as the tram company wants to build a platform stop opposite the school driveway and the stop will prevent mummies from turning right when leaving the school. Given its tiny zoned catchment area, the kids should damn well walk to school.
A building on Fitzroy Street unnoticed by me until now. It's a nice reuse of an existing building.
This tram light rail replaced the St Kilda train line back in the 1980s. The train trip took, from memory, something like 9 minutes. It now takes around 25 minutes by tram to the centre of town. That is rather a step backwards. These new huge trams were needed to cope with the numbers of passengers and even they at times are not large enough.
The George Hotel, very much looking like the grand seaside pub it once was.