The CBD (to be precise, the Hoddle Grid) has just about every business imagineable, except one.
At least, as far as I can tell from searches of Yellow Pages and Google Maps, though the latter incorrectly identified one at 114 Flinders Street.
To fill up a car, you have to go to Victoria Parade, just outside the Hoddle Grid, or to City Road or Kingsway. Everyone seems to manage — though a Herald Sun article last week noted that fuel prices are often now higher in Melbourne than in regional areas. (One lady quoted spends $150 a week on petrol. Jeez; I wonder if she has any choice but to drive everywhere.)
Gordon Price notes, when writing about petrol stations in Vancouver:
As oil companies have consolidated and gotten out of the retail end of the business, those prime sites with high values, offering a product with low mark-up, were worth way more as real estate. And so the number of stations in Canada has been dropping by about a thousand a year.
I wonder if the numbers of petrol stations are also dropping here — though I note I can’t remember a time when there was a petrol station within the Hoddle Grid. Has it been the case in recent times?