It has been a while since I last wrote public housing – a history of the Ascot Vale estate was the most recent one. This time I ask the question – does the presence of public housing impact the rest of a suburb?
If you have ever caught a tram to the Royal Melbourne Show, you may have noticed the Housing Commission estate located opposite the showgrounds. Located in the inner north-western suburb of Ascot Vale, the estate is less distinctive than the massive 1960s apartment towers down the road in Flemington, but the higglety pigglety arrangement of the blocks of flats amongst green lawns is something not often seen in Melbourne housing developments.
With Melbourne in the middle of Spring Racing season, tomorrow thousands of people will be flocking to Flemington Racecourse for a day at the Melbourne Cup. Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River to the north-west of the CBD, the course has been used horse racing since 1840. However a short distance to the north there was once another racecourse, which has been all but forgotten by Melburnians.