Heritage dreams now a pile of rubble

Before being sold in November 2019, the large Federation home at 436 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville was described by its real estate agent as a “grand beauty” which had the “potential to revert to a palatial family home”. Yet, just over a year later, and despite these glowing references, the home has been demolished, in what…

Time to repeat the urban legacy of the Great Depression

Every day, residents of Sydney’s Inner West enjoy historic public spaces which were built during the Great Depression. Some of these places are discreet and hidden, others are teeming with life on any weekend. These places were funded to help generate work for Australians during the 1930s, at a time when the nation’s unemployment rate…

It’s time to ‘think small’ about our cities

Residents of cities across Australia are regularly urged to ‘think big’. It’s become commonplace for State and local governments, often supported by business and development lobby groups, to issue major strategic plans and projects which are based on the concept that bigger is better. A bigger population, supported by bigger, denser and more buildings and…

Why is Sydney enjoying the high life?

There was a time when high-rise buildings were the natural enemy of community activists. They were practically seen as the devil’s spawn – local character-destroying intruders which were the work of supposedly money-hungry developers. However, the recent statistics shows that, surprisingly, there may be some common ground when it comes to high-rise buildings between your average…