Went with the kids last week to look around Harbourtown, the new bit of Docklands which has the big wheel in it.
Much of Harbourtown is looking a bit basic at the moment. The shopping centre is open, but half the shops aren’t, and some are obviously still getting stock in… the EB Games had big Sale tables with nothing on them.
Still, no doubt over time it’ll take off, with yet more places to part with your money.
We didn’t go on the Wheel itself, but if you think it looks impressive from afar, it’s doubly-so from below.
What interested me is the streetscape within that area of Docklands. It seems like someone’s learnt from the mistakes made at Southbank — which has wide boulevards which encourage lots of through-traffic and make the place unfriendly to pedestrians, and subsequently quite sterile. In contrast, here we found the main street in has one lane of traffic each way, plus segregated tram lanes. Even with few shops open, it was clearly more ped friendly, and through-traffic is kept at a distance, over on Footscray Road.
Given time hopefully the empty lots now being used as carparks will disappear to be replaced with buildings that are actually useful and attract visitors.
We caught a 48 tram back into the CBD, accompanied by a talkative tram driver on the PA doing the full tour guide bit, highlighting such public artworks as the cow up a tree, which makes me think I should do a re-visit to The Grooviest Thing in Melbourne.