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THE NAKED CITY – FUTURE SHOCK!

You have to hand it to the visionaries in the City Of Sydney Council and various architectural firms around town. They seem determined to transform vast areas of the city into huge paved plazas, despite the pain and suffering often associated with this kind of urban renewal and beautification. We have all seen the turmoil […]

George Street building to receive $16 million facelift

By PATRICK MCKENZIE A heritage-listed building on George Street is set to receive a $16.6 million facelift, with the first stage to be complete by December next year. The Palazzo-style building at 343 George Street features 11 office floors and basement storage, and is currently home to the Sydney flagship store of luxury fashion company […]

THE NAKED CITY – JACKHAMMERS ON GEORGE

Perhaps the best analogy is somebody who has endless cosmetic surgery, never satisfied with their current appearance and willing to go to great expense and inconvenience to achieve their desired look. That’s George Street in Sydney’s CBD, the city’s landmark thoroughfare but one which has been continually ripped up, dug up and architecturally violated over […]

South end of George Street set for permanent pedestrianisation

By ALLISON HORE Work has begun on the transformation of the south end of George Street, between Bathurst Street and Railway square, into a “world-class boulevard.” Granite footpaths, outdoor dining spaces, new street trees, seating and lighting are all part of the City of Sydney’s grand plan to permanently pedestrianise the remainder of George Street […]

Climate rebels arrested after blocking CBD street

By ALLISON HORE Protesters, chained to oil barrels full of cement and glued to the road, were arrested after blocking a busy CBD road for almost an hour. The protesters, calling for climate action and an end to the Narrabri gas project, blocked the intersection of Bathurst and George Streets in Sydney at peak hour […]

George Street tender exemption splits council

By ALLISON HORE After a vote which split the City of Sydney council, the planning and construction of the George Street pedestrianisation project will go ahead without the usual tenders process. The $35 million project will see the pedestrian zone on George Street extended further south from Bathurst street to Rawson Place.  Sydney’s Lord Mayor […]

An Overarching Concern for Public Art

by Michael Hitch The City of Sydney Council has hit the pause button on the controversial Cloud Arch project as tensions rise over the $22 million sculpture. The contentious art piece, set to soar over Sydney’s newly “pedestrianised” George Street, was originally expected to cost $3.5 million and has divided Liberal and Labour Councillors as […]

The Small Business Party aims for Senate

By Allison Hore After an unsuccessful bid for the seat of Wentworth in last month's by-election, the Small Business Party has set its sights on the NSW state election. Twice elected independent Sydney councillor Angela Vithoulkas founded the party earlier this year to advocate for small business owners who she believes major parties overlook. "The […]

Class act brings on class action

by John Moyle The Sydney Light Rail project has another headache coming its way as businesses and residents along its route are about to launch a class action suit for losses and damages to property.  The class action will be brought by CBD cafe owner and City of Sydney councillor Angela Vithouklas, who has had her […]

Indu

Tantalising glimpses of working chefs through a George Street window box; a well-dressed hostess highlighting the way into the basement off Angel Place… restaurateur Sam Prince sure knows how to generate excitement and intrigue. Switching out guacamole for Tableside Coconut Sambol ($14) and milk buns, Prince harnesses what he did for Mexican at Méjico to give South Indian a much-needed face-lift.