Tuesday, March 15, 2016
ACLAND STREET DOWNGRADE
Since when does PTV dictate what happens on our streets? Is it lawful for PTV to demand the inclusion of so called tram ‘super-stops’ especially where it is obviously not in the best interests of Melbourne’s history or tourist nature and serves little benefit?
For example, PTV has managed to ruin Bridge Road in Richmond, Fitzroy Street in St Kilda and Bourke Street in the city with the inclusion of the concrete behemoths commonly known as ‘superstops’ and now they want to add another lump of concrete in the middle of Acland Street St Kilda only 100m or so away from the from the existing super stop outside Luna Park.
The stupidity of this is amazing.
Acland Street is a go-to spot for any and all local, national and international tourists because it is somewhat quirky with frenetic bustling people fighting for room with cars and trams. It is this chaotic mix in a grung-ish setting which makes it unique. Parking’s free, if you can get one, and trams rattle through dodging tripped out tripped off or tripped up peds. Add the odd Ferrari or bikie and the picture is complete. All things for all people. The cruisers, the diners, the rubberneckers, the locals and the transient homeless all cohabitating.
Now some closed eye bureaucrat wants to plasticise the street into yet another boring as bat-shit foreign inspired mall. The same as any other grassed in plastic have-a-nice-day space. Has Melbourne lost the plot [pun intended] in as much as we seem to want to destroy our icons in the name of stupidity.
Why not build a 'vintage' tram line between St Kilda and Port Melbourne instead and increase the tourist potential instead of destroying it?
Think what will put Melbourne on the map in 50 years and it will not be super stops!