Weekend reads from the Internet

Trucks chaos threat to city, Adam Carey, The Age

How did Melbourne's 'laneway culture' come about? Alan Davies, Crikey.

- One should make it a weekly habit of reading Alan's blog, the best from this week.

Melbourne's best breakfasts - Top 10, Anna Spargo-Ryan, The Guardian

- What's everyone's thoughts on that list?  I haven't visited any of them - plug for the best of my locals, Fine and Dandy Food Stuffs, I'm not a coffee drinker, but the food is top notch and in a superb location - well positioned to take advantage of the increasing development around Albion & Melville Road, get down there before it gets crowded!

Mayor in the market for a revamp of Queen Vic, Shane Green, The Age

- Yes, get on with it Mr Lord Mayor.

Which AFL club should I support? Katharine Viner, The Guardian

- Sorry Pies supporters, but  see my own reply in the comment thread.

Tower plan could doom iconic music venue, Aisha Dow, The Age

- Ryan's sourced a much larger image which you can view in the Melbourne General News (Projects & Construction) forum thread.

A car-free Yellow Brick Road? We're not on George Street anymore, Andrew Taylor, Sydney Morning Herald

- Here's hoping PJK has an opinion to broadcast about the art which will be chosen by the City of Sydney Public Art Advisory Panel, or will the Sydney media steer clear of him given his reputation for dishing out the colourful verbiage, long after leaving Canberra?

Chrissy Amphlett Laneway would be a perfect Melbourne tribute, Jessica Adams, The Guardian.


Have I missed other good weekend reads?  Post a link in the comments below, and remember:

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.