First Rich, then Lush, and now Venus and Mars: three prominent fashion shops have closed or are soon to do so. In a recent article about Gertrude St the Leader notes, according to a realtor, that rents are ‘not rising faster in Gertude St than neighbouring Brunswick or Smith streets.’
The number of closures on Gertrude and Brunswick streets suggests that this is the case – that Gertrude and Brunswick streets are becoming equally unviable. In contrast, Smith St continues to improve. Perhaps rents there, while rising, started from a lower level and are thus still affordable.
Before the construction of the Atherton Gardens public housing estate, the south west corner of Napier and Condell streets looked like this. It’s now the location of a child care centre.
Courtesy the Fitzroy local history collection / ID: 8095 / photographer: unknown / copyright: expired – image is in the public domain / date: c1948
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After Gorker gallery closed the space became Odessa, but that too ended. Now the space is Strange Neighbour gallery, and their first exhibition opens on 21 June at 6pm.
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An excellent video, partly narrated by kids, about life on the Atherton Gardens public housing estate and the importance of the Cubbies playground.