The Others

All of the other bits and bobs I write about.

How did the horse cross the road?

On Fellmongers Road in the Geelong suburb of Breakwater there is what seems to be a normal set of pedestrian lights. But if you take a closer look, you’ll realise that the crossing doesn’t lead anywhere. And the push buttons are located at head hight. And there is an extra ‘don’t walk’ light mounted above […]

Walking down a Melbourne street

Just bought a new chair, and need to get it back to the office? Or has your office chair ever wanted to go for a walk down the street? If not, is your fridge itching to see the outside world?

Tracking the gentrification of Melbourne with Mother’s Day cards

Able And Game is a Melbourne based stationery label that produces quirky greeting cards featuring local pop culture references. However when I saw their range of Mother’s Day cards I also noticed something else – they track the spread of Melbourne’s ‘cool’ suburbs as formerly working class areas are gentrified. The inner suburbs of Fitzroy […]

The City Ring Road that Melbourne never built

If you think Melbourne is a city already strangled by freeways, then this 1954 proposal for a City Ring Road will surely make you feel that we dodged a bullet. Included as part of the 1954 Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme, the City Ring Road was for a controlled access road that would encircle the entire […]

And you thought St Kilda Junction looked bad?

St Kilda Junction is a horrible place to navigate on foot, with a tangle of concrete flyovers carrying speeding cars and trams over a network of dingy pedestrian subways. But believe it or not, it could have been even worse. That is something hard to believe while approaching by car. Or driving through the underpasses. […]