“Urban Choreography, Central Melbourne 1985 –“ a new book edited by Kim Dovey, Rob Adams and Ronald Jones and published by Melbourne University Press (MUP) documents the regeneration of inner Melbourne over the past 3 decades.
MUP observes that … “Public space (in Melbourne) has been incrementally reclaimed from cars and railyards, and street-life volumes have increased dramatically. From turning its back on the water, Melbourne has become a waterfront city. The decline of central city retailing has been turned around and the formerly negligible residential population is booming. The city has grown greener—literally, environmentally and politically. Laneways that were once filled with garbage are now filled with bars, housing and art. Always an urbane place, Melbourne has re-emerged as a city with a depth of character and urban buzz that is palpable, ineffable and unfinished”.
Marcus Spiller contributed a chapter to this important book, discussing how external economic forces and wider policy reforms elevated the impact of inspired urban initiatives by the State Government and City of Melbourne.