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Friday, March 9, 2012

The lovely street where I work....Bigger is not necessarily better!

In this post I want to share some photos of the streetscape where I'm presently working. In the early years this was the main commercial area of the suburb. Then in the early 1970s a 'shoppingtown' complex was built in a street parallel to this less than half a kilometre away. As years went by the fortunes of this street (Blackwood St) began to decline.

Building Brookside in 1970

A new way of shopping...the shoppingtown; Brookside in 1971

Below, Brookside in 1994....

Shoppers seemed to prefer the larger complex but the traders knew that many people loved their quieter precinct and actually preferred it to the busier Brookside. So it was that the community fought back and many joined forces to come up with strategies to save Blackwood St shops and businesses. The vision of those people means that this is a bustling, but very pleasant shopping and dining precinct.
Below are some photos I took last week of Blackwood St....

Used the telescopic lens here; looking towards the railway crossing

We've been working here for 3 weeks and already have got to know many  of the business owners; and delightful and helpful people they are too.


Kayly said...

Have you found Funky Fabrix yet?

Lea White said...

It looks like such a nice place to visit!

Becky said...

I wish more focus was on the older buildings here but it's all about destroying and rebuilding BIGGER!