How Melbourne Reinvented Itself One Block At a Time [Video] by @donnelly_b

{ Explore the CITY } by Thai Hoa Pham on 500px Melbourne is famous in urbanist circles for the revitalization of its central area. In 1992, 40% of the buildings were empty above the first floor and only 5 (yes five) residents actually lived in the core. Everyone had fled to the suburbs and the city had hollowed out. Today, there are over 29,000 residents in the central area and Melbourne has become revered around the world for its vibrant public spaces and innovative laneway repurposing. Here’s a quick 11 minute video that explains how they did it (via The Urbanist ). Click here if you can’t see it below. What is clear from the video is that it took a lot of work convincing property owners and getting them to buy into the vision. Being able to repurpose the laneways often meant punching through blank walls at the base of buildings. And so there was pushback. Here in Toront...

Full article: http://www.sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/1085561

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