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Franco Cozzo mural in Footscray

Despite news last year that Franco Cozzo's Footscray building is up for sale, it appears the store is sticking around for now. Recently I noticed work being done on a mural on the eastern side of the building... Now completed, it looks rather splendid. (See this larger) Note the roller door, which when closed, shows Franco's words from the ad "Grand Sale! Grand Sale!" (See this

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from November 2004

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago... Southern Cross Station under construction. The bridge with yellow on the right is the Collins Street extension, so this must have been snapped from close to where Etihad Stadium is. Note the "Park and Ride" sign, a misguided attempt to get people to drive most of the way into the city, then catch a tram to work. This might become prevalen

Culture

Street art near Richmond station

Noticeable from the train near Richmond station is this street art/mural, with its distinctive image of a man and the "RIP Dad" markings. The other week I got a chance to take a closer look. You can just make out the small print: James Patrick Beatie 1933-2010, which matches this short bio. On the opposite wall, the train viaduct, is another mural, with heaps of detail to look at: (See