Always interesting to hear the view from an outsider.
I don’t think I disagree with any of the praises given, and there’s some interesting comments from Robert Adams and others about some fairly subtle design features that have gone into the streetscapes, such as the City Council being more interested in the presence of a footpath flower seller at night (to add to safety) than the rent he pays.
But just note that this is central Melbourne. Middle and outer suburban Melbourne is quite different. Some parts are the antithesis of what you see here.
At 2:30 in the background you’ll note a feature of Melbourne’s streets that they don’t mention — Charity Muggers.