Thursday, June 06, 2019

Greville Street

Greville Street in Prahran was super trendy. It was a narrow street with narrow footpaths, parking on one side and two way car traffic. It was the original home of the gay Beat Bookshop. Retro clothing abounded and cool cafes and venues lined the street. The magazine shop Mag Nation is still there. Greville Street was the coolest place to be seen for we who live south of the river. So cool, that it was eventually sent up by the wonderful Magda Szubanski in a tv comedy show, coming out of retro clothing shop with her arms high in the air stuck in a jumper as she waxed lyrically about her clothing purchase in the trendy street.

Stonnington Council had a pretty ugly trial partial closure of the street, but with kudos to Stonnington, the final product is just wonderful. Here are some photos.




Cars are subject to normal rules but as a pedestrian, you feel like you have some rights over cars. Cars who do travel along Greville Street do so at about 20 km/h. A bonus is that skate boarders won't like the paving.


It does change to an almost normal road after Izett Street, but still traffic and there is little, travels slowly.



And treatments even keep going once around the corner into Porter Street at Prahran Station. Just to my left is the old Station Hotel, now a modern and no doubt expensive place to dine with apartments built at the rear. Have a look back at this post of mine from 2012 to see a train coming out of the hotel! I recently read it was a favourite place for police to gather for a drink after work in its older days. There are some good comments in the post too.


The unlamented Table Talk biscuits were as boring as batshit but nice that the sign is still at Prahran Station.

32 comments:

  1. You have me wondering whether we have a trendy street. I am sure we do, but I am clueless.

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    1. EC, maybe Kingston. Trendy area at least.

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  2. it looks like a very nice area now. Of course I don't remember what it was like way back when we occasionally visited the Prahran markets, because that was the only spot we saw.

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    1. River, it was pretty grungy before. I didn't know you went to Prahran Market.

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    2. Only once or twice, it's where we bought a puppy one day instead of meat and fish.

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  3. I love posts with yarns attached. What a history and that train looked like a crash which of course was the intent.

    The new street refurbishment is wonderful.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, yes it is very pleasing to the eye.

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  4. The trendy street does look nice - most places have a 'trendy' street.

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    1. Margaret, where is your trendy street?

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    2. Top end of Brisbane Street before George Street.

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    3. Off to Google Maps now Margaret.

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  5. Those paving stones look exactly like the ones that Parisian rioters throw at the Gendarmes every Saturday. Dual-purpose.

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    1. Except Cro, they are well cemented in and if the gendarme are to be assaulted by cobbles, then at least them be historic.

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  6. Until we moved to Caulfield in 1982, I had two favourite coffee and shopping centres - Greville St and Acland St.
    Those were fantastic days.

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    1. Hels, I hope you didn't come out of a Greville Street cafe holding a burning hot late coffee in your fingers, like Magna did.

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  7. So that place belongs to the past ! There are so many here too, which were nice when I was young and now has changed completely !

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    1. Gattina, while I like the original, I also like the new. It has great calmness.

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  8. Well I tried to find a trendy street on our side of town. Nothing! Obviously the leafy green suburbs are no longer the place to be lol

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    1. Cathy, have you forgotten the trendy cafe we went to in Ferntree Gully. Ok, not a street but pretty good, including a surly female waiter.

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  9. Many moons ago, the rough area was North Park. Over about a 10 year period, the transition was amazing, North Park became the desired location for dinning, street walking, etc.

    Nothing like that what so ever here in GJ. Bummer

    Dig those street view photos. Have A Wonderful Weekend!!
    Cheers

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    1. Padre, it has happened in many areas, at times to the disadvantage of low income earners who can no longer afford to live there. Thanks.

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  10. Love pedestrian friendly streets. Anywhere I don't have to risk my life getting run over. Nice too that skateboarders won't like it.

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    1. Jackie, no doubt it is happening there as it here, the slow push back against cars in cities.

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  11. Would be better if it was car free Andrew. I loved that pic with the train coming out of the hotel, super cool 😊 Greville street is looking good, will have to come and check it out 😉

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    1. Welcome to stay here Grace, you and P. Red haired one will have to sleep on the couch/floor and it seems Bone Doctor's lilo is quite comfortable.

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    2. That's very kind Andrew, I have to warn you the red haired one is no fun first thing in the morning 😊😊

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    3. Grace, who does she take after?

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  12. I don't know if there is anything trendy in Albany, but now I've got to think about it and wonder. If there was, where would it be......

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    1. Strayer, why do I think that your mental energies are being wasted........sorry 😉

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  13. That area is looking pretty.

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    1. Sami, I suppose some will lament the style over grunge, but I think grunge in the street was dying. The street has been revitalised.

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