Posts Tagged ‘public space’

Building atop the Melbourne Metro stations

With planning completed for the Melbourne Metro and construction work now underway, much has been written about the flashy new underground railway stations that will serve the city. But one thing that has been hiding in the shadows is the commercial buildings that will be built atop these new stations, and who will profit from […]

Still more shops at Southern Cross Station

Over the years I have been following the slow bastardisation of Southern Cross Station, as ticket barriers funnel passengers through narrow passageways, shops fill previously open spaces, and ‘pop up’ events block day to day commuters. Unfortunately these inconveniences have continued to spread, as recent works on the Bourke Street Bridge show.

Work starts on the new shops that will obstruct the Bourke Street bridge

And that’s why you don’t privatise railway stations

Why does one visit a railway station? For most people it is to catch a train, but unfortunately for some commuters in Melbourne that is easier said than done, since the powers that be decided to flog many stations off to commercial interests who treat them as cash cows. So why do I need to consent to being filmed?

The second 'filming in progress' sign at the entrance to Southern Cross Station