Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Maddern Square, Footscray, Victoria

The City of Footscray District Centre Study of 1992 labels Maddern Square as 'public open space' and even recommends (on p. 76) that (as 'Maddern Reserve') it be identified as one of 'a number of minor pathway opportunities' but its status is unclear. Unsurprisingly a sardonic review from yelp gives a flavour of the place and the locals:

Maddern Square is our favorite haunt on the way from Cheaper by Miles to the Footscray Market. The square is perfectly designed to catch all of the free flowing litter and collect a fine assortment of broken glass and wine cask bladders from a Thursday night to Sunday arvo. Since the closure of the Rotunda in the Railway Gardens, Maddern Square has become the defacto home of late night parties out of the spotlight of the world class Mall that it funnels into and a hot spot to take the kids to see what drugs can do. Maddern Square is full of potential, don't get me wrong. It's a (well known) secret car park if you're going to the market and a great place to rinse a syringe or two before urinating behind the old Godfreys Cleaning store. Sure, it has real grass instead of asto turf, trees that have been pollarded by aspiring gardeners and concrete seating to whittle the time away reading the walled wisdoms, but what it needs is a bottle shop, public toilet and an army of large garbage bins with basketball hoops for incentive. So if you want to see a mall without the shops, but with all of the charm of the Nicholson St showcase (whilst having cars drive at you), Maddern Square is your heaven.

Another states:

I am waiting for the day that the shops turn inwards towards this space and it becomes an inviting square.  The structural pieces placed here at expense does nothing to enhance the square presently apart from detract from the assorted debris. Lighting, greening and coffee and cakes, a performance space would turn this opportunity pending around.

More work needs to be done on the history and projected use of Maddern Square. You can find the space in question here

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Karl Langer, hypothetical, c. 1945

I found this while reorganising my office and I don't know much detail but will add it in if and when it comes to hand.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Titanic City, Belfast

I know nothing about this project, except that its author has seen fit to give 'Titanic City' something in the region of 90 internal reserves.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Albion reserve revisited

A very brief visit to the Adelaide Avenue reserve in Albion, also seen here. This was primarily undertaken as an offshoot excursion while viewing a rental property at the entryway to the reserve. There long enough to merely establish (1) the reserve is kempt, with few features (2) at least one resident adjoining it feels confident in growing his/her vegetables – nice looking capsicums, pomegranates – without fear of theft (3) cat house still full of cats.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Anders Park/Triangle Footscray, revisited

This site was visited a few years ago (see details of that visit here) and has remains impressive with extra amenities added since that time due to concerted and dedicated community input.

One corner. Interesting vista.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Napier Crescent Reserve, Montmorency Vic

As you can see from google maps, there is not too much to say about this reserve. At the time of our visit a school student was walking through it - observable use, so rare in internal reserves, is worth mentioning. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kirwana Reserve, Montmorency, Vic

The local history of Montmorency, once again quoting Yeoman, tells us that Kirwana Grove was originally called Hogan Avenue, and that it was changed to avoid confusion with nearby Hoban Avenue; Edmond Hogan was a Victorian (Labor) Premier from mid-1927 to most of 1928, and from the very end of 1929 to 1932. This reserve can be seen on google maps here