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The empire strikes back

BY ANDREW WOODHOUSE This week, the City of Sydney Council unanimously heritage-listed three individual major sites in Kings Cross. The three sites are Kingsley Hall, 1A Elizabeth Bay Road, a ten-storey art deco block of apartments by famous architect Emil Sodersten, including its light well; the façade of the Bourbon Hotel with an eight-metre setback behind the famous […]

Demolition man

BY JOHN MOYLE Change brought about by urban development and renewal is inevitable and can lead to the revitalisation and repurposing of areas for the better. But when it is on the scale of what is currently happening across NSW, it is often detrimental to the locality, its heritage and the lives of the people […]

The rise and fall of the Empire

BY JOHN MOYLE It’s amazing how one day a community is complacently going about its business and then the next all hell breaks loose, as it did when news of a major over-development along Darlinghurst Road was broken by the City Hub and later picked up by the dailies. People are angry, mobilising and discussing […]

Very Cross

BY LOUIS NOWRA Cities are about change. The new replaces the old. There can be no better example than what is happening to Kings Cross. At the moment the Omnia apartment block now being built on the former Crest Hotel site will provide 135 luxury apartments once it’s finished. Part of its plans is to […]

Cross to lose more pubs

BY JOHN MOYLE The ghost of the Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar’s founder, Bernie Houghton, howled Tuesday night as news arrived of a development application (DA) proposing the construction of 83 apartments along a strip of Darlinghurst Road from near the famous El Alamein Fountain to the Empire Hotel located at the other end of the […]