Some public transport services could be shifted from peak hour to ensure more at nighttime and on weekends, with fewer shops selling sandwiches to office workers and more cafes and restaurants that are a destination in themselves.
Score yourself a seat at the bar and a cocktail at Gimlet in the evening, a ticket to Prima Facie at the Arts Centre or a spot on a plastic stool at Soi 83 for a serve of Thai noodles and you’ve hit the Melbourne jackpot.
Don’t shed too many tears for the tumbleweeds down Collins Street on Monday mornings – come Thursday evening it’s a different story with pedestrian traffic just below pre-COVID benchmarks.
Weekends are another bright spot for the city with people flocking in for festivals, sport, music, art, shopping, and theatre.
This will be turbocharged in “Mad March” when the city bursts at the seams with the frankly overwhelming combination of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne Grand Prix, Melbourne Fashion Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Then there’s the people making their home in the city with the latest City of Melbourne figures estimating there are 102,326 residential dwellings in the city centre, a number that has steadily climbed over the years.
The future of the city centre is mixed use, including housing, and it seems to be a no-brainer that some empty office buildings could be turned into…
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