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Old 01-08-2014, 05:06 PM   #167
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The City Square is a pedestrian plaza and former civic centre located in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Australia. The square is currently bounded by Swanston Street, Collins Street, Flinders Lane and the Westin Hotel. Melbourne Town Hall (1870) and St Paul’s Cathedral (1891) are prominent landmarks to the north and south respectively. The square has been redeveloped several times and associated with a number of controversies over the years..Sir Bernard Evans, architect, city councillor and later Lord Mayor of Melbourne, first raised the idea of a city square in 1961, an idea that was not adopted by Melbourne City Council until he raised it again in 1966. Following this, Council began the process of acquiring properties along Swanston Street between the Town Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral. A vacant half-acre site formerly occupied by the Queen Victoria Buildings and the City Club Hotel on the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets was acquired in 1966, and from that time onward additional properties were acquired and buildings demolished between the Town Hall and St Pauls Cathedral...

Following its opening by Queen Elizabeth II on May 28, 1980 the new square attracted criticism from the general public. The Melbourne Age newspaper reported "in interviews with newspaper reporters and on talk-back radio, many Melburnians have blasted their long awaited City Square for what they see as its bareness, the noise from its controversial video matrix screen and the starkness of the glazed steel canopy running along the Regent Theatre Wall".. A large yellow steel sculpture titled “Vault” by Ron Robertson-Swann (dubbed the "Yellow Peril") which was commissioned as a centrepiece for the square was relocated to Batman Park in July 1981, following heated public debate...Federation Square, in Melbourne, is a mixed-use development covering an area of 3.2 hectares and centred around two major public spaces: open squares (St. Paul's Court and The Square) and one covered (The Atrium), built on top of a concrete deck above busy railway lines.. It is located at intersection between Flinders Street and Swanston Street/St Kilda Road in Melbourne's Central Business District, adjacent to Melbourne's busiest railway station..The Edge theatre is a 450 seat space designed to have views of the Yarra River and across to the spire of The Arts Centre. The theatre is lined in wood veneer in similar geometrical patterns to other interiors in the complex. The Edge was named "The BMW Edge" until May 2013 when a new sponsorship deal with Deakin University caused it to be renamed "The Deakin Edge"..The Australian Financial Review later reported that Melburnians have learned to love the building, citing the record number of people using and visiting it.. In 2005 it was included on The Atlantic Cities' 2011 list of "10 Great Central Plazas and Squares"..Batman Park is an urban park, located on the northern bank of the Yarra River in central Melbourne, Victoria, Australia..Batman's Hill in Melbourne, Australia was named for the Vandemonian adventurer and grazier John Batman. Now removed, the 18 metre high hill was located to the south of today's Collins Street and Southern Cross railway station, and is the site of a
steel marker the same height as the original hill...,_Melbourne't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter?.That you, sugar bumps?.Who the hell are you?. It's me, Sugar bumps, you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs...
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