Its easy to forget just how much things have improved over the last few years so here are a couple of videos to remind you just what the shared spaces looked like a couple of years ago.
The whole area around Fort St was really a run down hole and frankly quite embarrassing for a modern city but now it is one of my favourite places in the city. It has really started to come alive since the street was upgraded and has been such a success that it ensured that the next stage will go ahead later this year. Here are some photos of what it looks like now:
You can find a whole lot more before and after shots here.
I always remember Elliot St as being one of the best streets in the city due to its more pedestrian friendly nature but in hindsight it was really just the best of a bad bunch. Watching this video shows just grotty it had become and I also noticed just how much faster cars used to travel down the street. That is the result of having such a clearly defined street with no parking to slow people down and why it is so critical that O’Connell isn’t given a similar treatment. Also notice just how many cars were parked up on Darby St. Here are some photos of how it looks now:
And you can see more before and afters here.
Both of these streets have had what could be described as live changing makeovers and are so much better for it. I just wish we could roll out similar upgrades to others streets in the city (and in the suburbs) tomorrow. Thanks to Craig for these images.