Archive for December, 2014

Ill-conceived advertising tram designs

Advertisers love Melbourne’s trams – the provide a giant rolling billboard to splash their message across the city. However in designing their advertisements, design agencies often forget one important feature of a tram…

D1.3529 advertising 'Beware the Rhino' outside Flinders Street Station

How does public housing impact a suburb?

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?

Housing Commission flats in Ascot Vale

MIA – rubbish bins at Melbourne’s stations

Back in September 2014 Public Transport Victoria removed rubbish bins from Melbourne’s railway stations due to the “increased terror alert level”. So where has all of the rubbish ended up?

Rubbish bins also removed from Flagstaff station

Southern Cross – the non-integrated interchange

As the hub of the V/Line network, Southern Cross Station is supposed to be an important interchange between suburban and regional trains. However Metro Trains Melbourne and V/Line don’t like to make it easy for passengers, as these recent changes on the Bourke Street Bridge show.

Bourke Street bridge rather empty