Wednesday, August 19, 2020

West of the city

Our CBD, Central Business District, is clearly defined, bounded by Flinders, Spring, Spencer and Victoria Streets. To the west is what was a very historic area, now called Docklands, or if you like Divorcelands where men live after leaving their wives and children in the suburbs and living the high city life within walking distance.

People try to defend CDocklands but it is a real fail. It has been a disaster of urban planning where capitalism has run rampant without checks and balances.

Here are some photos I took early this year. Most are commercial buildings. Maybe when I can revisit I can take photos of residential building and bore you further.

Docklands has trams, but they are problematic.










To the north of the area is a retail area, often empty.


28 comments:

  1. You will be unsurprised to hear that I don't find its architecture inviting. Interesting, but not inviting. Given what you have said about the area a shop calling itself the power of humanity may be misplaced...

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    1. EC, my heart wasn't in this post and the shop could have been elsewhere. I will try harder next time.

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  2. It looks so incredibly built up! Are there any green areas around? What about restaurants, grocers, etc?

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    1. Maribeth, maybe 500 metres away. The same with restaurants but not so bad for groceries back towards the city proper.

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  3. Our business areas are deserted at the moment as the majority of people are working from home. I wonder if these areas will survive post Covid.

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    1. Marie, I don't know what will happen. In our isolated COVID free states, people are returning to office buildings.

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  4. I find it lacks personality or centering, maybe more to be revealed in your followup post.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, it is probably a matter of me hunting out old posts and showing them. Efforts have been made, but from a very low base.

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  5. I have lived in Melbourne for most of my life but was not at all familiar with the western suburbs. When my beloved moved to Melbourne in 1976, he was warmly invited to open up his medical practices in Footscray, Sunshine, Williamstown etc because the need for doctors was greater there than elsewhere. Not Docklands, to be sure, but he loved working there until 2018.

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    1. Hels, I know Footscray, Williamstown and Altona Beach well enough. I like them all in their own way.

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  6. How many ways are there to make a simple box look less like a simple box?

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    1. Cro, there are so many ways to make a simple glass box look less like a simple box, but at the end of the day, you still have a glass box.

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  7. Wish some would here in our current administration understood the reason for checks and balances

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    1. Dora, you whistle and I will point.

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  8. Very different buildings you are showing us, people have to have somewhere to live and the architectures I'm sure try to make building so very different.
    Take care.

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    1. Margaret, these are mostly office buildings and there was a need for them, well maybe. Yes, architects try but often with very constrained budgets.

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  9. So much glass in those tall buildings. It's the same here, the summer glare is horrific and I'm surprised people can see properly to drive. Our CBD is bound by Terraces; North Terrace, East Terrace, South Terrace and West Terrace, which all sounds rather posh. that last picture looks like a secondhand shop, I love browsing through those, but haven't been in months and won't go for more months yet.

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    1. River, it is good to have a constrained and defined city area. Then on outer edges you have lots of parkland. I think it was a misplaces photo. I wasn't paying attention.

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  10. Living cities, need people living in them, mix offices and residential.

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    1. Travel, one are where it went wrong. The areas are separated.

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  11. From my last visit to Melbourne about 7 years ago I remember that area just having a lot of very modern buildings and not much else and a not so inviting shopping centre.

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  12. I've seen business districts like this. I think there are places like this in Portland. They seem void of life in a way, although some have street level shops and food carts to bring a little humanity to the otherwise rather stark scene of office buildings everywhere.

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    1. Strayer, you describe it well, but without the food carts.

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  13. It does look a bit...sterile. Like Canary Wharf in London on a weekend. I'd check out that thrift shop, though!

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    1. Steve, yes very similar to Canary Wharf.

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  14. Divorced men make interesting company. Haha

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