Homelessness has become a very noticeable on the streets of Melbourne. Under criticism for encouraging street living are are various services set up to the help them. They never have to go short of free food as plenty of places offer meals, along with vans set up at night to feed them, along with a van where they can shower etc and another where they can wash their clothes. It's a bit chicken and egg as which came first but the more support the city homeless receive, the more people hone in on the city as being the place to be. The camps along Flinders Street are very visible to the Australian Open tennis visitors and look very bad. What is to be done that is both kind and practical yet get them off the streets?
Just caught my eye. I had to down to ground level to take the photo, but as I stood up, I could easily imagine the day when I could not easily get up.
City of Yarra rubbish bin near Richmond Station, co-mingled rubbish and recycling. Charlie, what do you think of Slim's grammar?
Very appropriate that Pimm's is advertised during the tennis. I may have tried it many years ago, but I can't remember the taste. I expect it is sweet and I would not like it.
The battle to stop this development at Orrong Park near Toorak Station was fought long and hard by some very wealthy and influential local residents. It appears they lost but have won some restriction.
Walking from the Malvern Station is a very quiet little enclave where I came across a number of restaurants and this shop full of dolls and cuddly toys. I tried a few times to get a better photo, but reflections beat me.
There is nothing really remarkable this historic commercial building, so I am glad it was saved even if it meant a large apartment block built behind.
There are some very nice houses in Soudan Street.
Curious place. I think two buildings were joined in more recent times.
A pity some of this tessellated tile verandah has been broken. Most of it was intact and in good condition. I guess it will be fixed.
Was it a religious institution?
Pretty hydrangeas in front of what appears to be an un-renovated house, that is lived in and owned by an old person.
I think this church is now for the Asian born Presbyterians. Also good to see it still being used as a church. There is a modern linkage to the house next door.
You feel really old when you see buildings built, used and then demolished, as this part of The Hospital that ate Malvern is about to be. Five to six storeys will replace it. My grandmother died in this hospital and the staff were very uncaring in the 70s. Back then many nuns staffed the hospital but I know of only one there now who wears a nun's habit, almost looking as absurd as Moslem women's traditional dress. Catholic religion is still strongly displayed there and it is hospital I don't want to ever go to. If I had to choose a private hospital, I would choose the Jewish hospital Masada where I had first class treatment and care and a ham sandwich for lunch, except from one foreign born bitchy gay male night nurse. Dame M also died there at the above mentioned Cabrini, two days after being admitted. She was almost dead when we took her there to be admitted and when the admitting nurse checked her oxygen levels, and said, well, you have slipped through the system. She hadn't, it was her choice, but the desk person said, 'madam, $250 please as your admittance fee'. Dame M managed to get out a plastic card to pay. Generally in Australia our internet is never censored unless you try to access a site that is blocked because of illegal activity, say open drug dealing or pedophile sites. The first night in hospital our friend was able to access the gay chat site Silver Daddies using the hospital wifi. He is a Balding Daddy. By the next night, the site was blocked. Fortunately he has younger computer savvy friends who 'fixed' the wifi access problem to Silver Daddies and again he could then chat online to people who he knew. Censorship like that stinks. If you are not doing anything illegal, then you should not be censored. We experienced the same during our Danube River cruise a couple of years ago, and it is not right.