Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nothing Has Changed

When Mr Rosanna and I were out on the road the other day, we drove past Decco Ivanhoe on Lower Heidelberg Road and while I have mixed feelings about higher density living, I think they've done a really great job with this particular residential complex and I noticed that the new cafe space underneath Docasa has been leased although has had mixed reviews.  I took Mr R not that long ago to Second Home Eltham which was still pumping and busy on a Monday afternoon - the food is excellent and the service professional and attentive.  There are a lot of suburban cafes that could take a leaf out of their book on how it's done.  It's also great to hear that Miss Marie will soon be opening up another outpost - The A Team Kitchen in Watsonia, which is another suburb that's due for a good cafe.
Decco Ivanhoe image via Melbourne Prestige Projects
Locally, Pinpoint - the Banyule Contemporary Art Fair opens at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe on Tuesday night at 6 pm featuring works by Rushdi ANWAR, Anne BENNETT, John BILLAN, Anna FARAGO, Brady FREEMAN, Iriana KANELLOPOULOU, Helen MACQUEEN, Jodi WILEY and Anthony WILLIAMS.  It's always a great show if you are able to make it.
Image via Hatch Contemporary Arts Space Facebook page
The Melbourne Fringe Festival also opens next Thursday and you can catch 'An Alternative Route' by Darebin Arts Speakeasy at the Northcote Town Hall as part of the festival.  I also love that the MSO are holding a number of David Bowie Tribute concerts to the late Starman featuring musicians such as Tim Rogers, Steve Kilbey and Adalita as part of the Melbourne Festival, which opens on 6 October.
Photo credit: Robert Catto image via


  1. I think we need high density housing, otherwise we will be faced with the problem of having to travel for hours to see the country, as we see now as our city spreads further and further out. My problem with it is the ugliness of the buildings with no thought to their surroundings, built on the cheap that will no doubt have to be pulled down in 30 or 40 years.
    However, having said that, I agree, that one in East Ivanhoe is great, and has been given a great look. It fits in well with where it is.

    1. I agree Leanne-urban sprawl isn't great particularly in areas that lack infrastructure but neither are awful developments with shoe box living areas that don't take into account existing streetscape/landscape and are built right to the edge of the block. No allowance for green spaces and communal areas that make communities great places to live...I hope you've been better than me! We must catch up before the year is out.