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Renew Newcastle is on!

October 28th, 2008 8 Comments

Renew Newcastle, the project i have been working on to create cheap space for artists and community groups and bring life back to the Newcastle CBD has officially been virtually launched. Well, it now has a web site at www.renewnewcastle.org. Meanwhile, if you are artist or community group, check out the call for proposals: CALL […]

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The Newcastle Scheme

August 20th, 2008 6 Comments

Expect much more on this as the months roll on but i’ve finally gone public about what I’ve been running around proposing for the Newcastle CBD. It’s so crazy it just might work. Courtesy of ABC Radio 1233 (you can hear the interview and see some pictures here)… Vacant shopfronts in the Newcastle CBD should […]

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Newcastle’s broken CBD

August 18th, 2008 No Comments

I am in Newcastle for a week working on my secret plan (*more details coming soon) to activate the city by bringing back to life some of the empty shops and offices. The map i made of empty buildings has come up in discussion a few times and not many people have seen it so […]

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Griffith REVIEW essay: Fluid Cities Create

May 10th, 2008 3 Comments

I was asked by the good folks at Griffith REVIEW to write a major essay for their current edition Cities On The Edge. It’s my first crack at the “writing a major essay” caper so i’d be very interested to get people’s thoughts. The essay Fluid Cities Create picks up on several of the themes […]

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Broken Newcastle Map

April 8th, 2008 9 Comments

Following on from previous frustrations, I returned to Newcastle on the weekend. Returning to Newcastle after any length of time away, the startling thing is just how badly shattered the CBD has actually become. When you live in Newcastle it is easy to become almost blind to the fact that the majority of the two […]

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Does anyone in Newcastle have vacant real estate?

April 8th, 2008 6 Comments

Apparently not. I’ve long been advocating a more enlightened approach to liquor licensing in NSW and particularly in my home town of Newcastle. I’m convinced (and convinced i can convince most people) that a more diverse culture (and i mean everything from punk venues to jazz clubs) of drinking, dining, music, art and entertainment is […]

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