Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The west end

The west end of the city is a place I don't visit too often for mostly good reasons. There is little there for me. Flagstaff Gardens is great and Southern Cross Station is an interesting and useful place. The west end is becoming very residential, with huge and tall apartment towers being built on what was at times industrial sites.

The area I was in where I took these photos was once very sleazy.

MICM was once the Owners' Corporation managers of our building. We have changed managers just last year. It is a subsidiary of the development company Central Equity, responsible for the forest of residential towers at Southbank, and to no one's surprise, a big donor to the conservative local councillors of the City of Melbourne. If it quacks like a duck........


By the look of this straight male entertainment place, and the state of the sign, I thought it might have closed but it seems not. It has a bright and glittery website. I think ABI Brother has been there, from what accidentally popped up on his computer when I was fixing something for him. Not a bad old building.


And just when you can't get enough sleaze, you can pop into this place, Men's Gallery. I take no moral stance on these places. Elbow to the face the person who said, just as well. I wonder if there is a neo gothic theme inside and what happens inside the building.


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  1. Some lovely old buildings.
    Smiling at your final paragraph. My balance on the moral high ground is precarious at best.

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    1. EC, I like how we can choose our own moral stance on things, and mine are pretty relaxed if it is about sex. And then there is the US, where people apparently don't have sex but love to be violent towards each other. Stereotype, yes.

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  2. So good to see those beautiful old buildings still occupied, I'm not sure what a men's gallery is though.

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    1. Cheryl, I don't think it is an art gallery of male portraits. In fact I don't think it has any thing to do with art.

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  3. Thank you for tour
    Have a wonderful 2019
    Coffee is on

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  4. Different areas that weren't the best in years gone and now fashionable. They are gorgeous buildings.

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    1. Margaret, very much so in this part of Melbourne.

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  5. They are beautiful old buildings and lets hope they never get pulled down.

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    1. Lady J, I would like to say such historic buildings won't ever be pulled down, but I have seen otherwise.

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  6. it looks like a ghost town with no people around. The buildings? Meh.

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    1. River, I didn't notice that, but you are quite right. Where are the people? At home in their highrise tower playing with their phones, perhaps.

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  7. Many thanks, Andrew. I might not have liked neo-Gothic taste in the new world, but some of the examples turned out beautifully. The Bank of New Zealand Australia (1892), in particular, made me change my mind.

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    1. Hels, I wonder if it was once a bank. In the back of my mind I can recall a similar building that was a bank.

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  8. Building one looks as if they didn't quite know what to do after the first floor. Building two looks very stylish. Building three confuses me.... what goes on in there?

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    1. Cro, facadism is so often a failure. Perhaps it is in the case.

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  9. Like the old buildings but not the glass boxes behind, that looks "untidy" !

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    1. Gattina, way too many glass boxes in our city, unlike the best European cities.

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  10. In Boston, way back now, they had, what was known as, "The Combat Zone". Here is what Wikki says about it.
    "The Combat Zone was the name given in the 1960s to the adult entertainment district in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Centered on Washington Street between Boylston Street and Kneeland Street, the area was once the site of many strip clubs, peep shows, X-rated movie theaters, and adult bookstores."
    I remember hearing about my Uncle and cousin and brother all going there in the sixties. Most especially my Uncle who seemed to enjoy a certain stripper named "Chesty Morgan".
    I remember the ladies in the family being aghast. But now the Combat Zone is gone. Just normal businesses and residential areas.
    But funny, looking back, what one remembers.

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    1. Maribeth, I don't how, why and when, but I have heard of Chesty Morgan. Nowadays the blokes are probably titillating themselves with what they can see on screens and Tinder. It is good for you to have that knowledge, confirmed by Wikipedia.

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  11. Sleaze will always exist...sadly, some wonderful old buildings...vintage architecture...won't.

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