Book giveaway! ‘Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities’

Thanks to Monash University Publishing, I have two copies of the brilliant Trendyville: The Battle for Australia's Inner Cities to give away to readers of The Urbanist. Entries close in one week

Alan Davies — Editor of The Urbanist

Alan Davies

Editor of The Urbanist

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The random number generator at coughed up 9 and 11, corresponding with the entries of Mitchell Goodfellow (North Fitzroy) and CatherineaHall (Coburg). Congratulations, Mitchell and Catherine and thanks everybody for the fascinating entries.  ___________________ Australia’s inner cities experienced an upheaval in the 1960s and 70s which left them changed forever. People from all walks of life who valued their suburbs – places like Balmain, Battery Point, Carlton, Indooropilly, North Adelaide or Subiaco – resisted large-scale development projects for freeways, ‘slum clearance’ and mass-produced high-rise. Unlikely alliances of post-war migrants, university students and staff, construction workers and their unions, long-term residents and city workers,challenged land-grabs and inappropriate development. When the dust settled, Australian cities were different. Many suburbs kept their village qualities. Shopping strips were revived and cultures celebrated. While areas like Fitzroy or Redcliff were derided as ‘Trendyville’, the fate many American cities suffered – a ‘hollow core’ – had been avoided. In the process, heritage conservation, party politics, and Australian assumptions about domestic life, education and lifestyle had all been transformed. This book is an in-depth examination of the causes and consequences of urban protest in a democracy. It shows how it changed the built environment as well as its participants, and resonated in many of our institutions including politics, media and multiculturalism.
'Trendyville provides a vivid and well-researched account of how the inner city, which has done so much to persuade ourselves and others that we are truly cosmopolitan, is a product of personal political struggle, as well as of more impersonal economic forces such as globalisation and neo-liberalism.' Frank Bongiorno, Australian Book Review


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32 thoughts on “Book giveaway! ‘Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities’

  1. spicelab

    Balmain – funky geography, gorgeous buildings and parks, easy bus, ferry, cycle or walk to the CBD.

  2. Andrew Pintar

    Albert Park in Melbourne & Darling Point in Sydney
    Both scream 30’s professional inner urban Chic, close enough to the night life, without losing sleep if you’re not actually a part of it. Great parks, water and brunch scene.

  3. Aidan Stanger

    Wayville — a mostly leafy suburb in the eastern half, and the Adelaide showgrounds in the western half. Framed by a railway in the west, the Glenelg tramway in the east and the Adelaide parklands in the north.

  4. Andrew Ross

    Brunswick – because it’s the first place in Australia where I lived that felt like an inner city suburb (well I am from Brisbane)

  5. Scott

    Surry Hills, NSW. Pubs, clubs and Restaurants. Walking distance to the SCG/Moore Park for your sporting options. Classier than Newtown. Not as sleazy as Kings Cross. (yet not that far from either if that’s your thing)

  6. Aaron Goldsworthy

    Brunswick, love the pool and riding through and/or past Royal Park to head south.

  7. uraok

    Carrington, no through traffic.

  8. William

    Flemington. It has new and old, rich and poor, and is very diverse.

  9. Rob Puckridge

    Collingwood – Respect for the underprivileged, gay community and early Melbourne timber workers cottages.

  10. MarkD

    Parkville. For the extensive Royal Park, the sleepy-hollow feeling after business hours and the proximity to the Brunswick, North Melbourne and Carlton activity strips.

  11. Adam Ford

    Flemington. Melbourne’s hidden gem. Everybody thinks it’s miles out west and industrial. It’s closer to the CBD than North Fitzroy or Brunswick and it’s on two train and two major tram lines, one stop to Nth Melbourne, terrific array of affordable and exotic eating options, and oodles of leafy, tree-lined streets and heritage that hasn’t been overwhelmed by development. Off road bike paths all the way to Docklands and Broadmeadows.
    I have a room going if anyone’s interested …

  12. Heidi Vestergaard

    Brunswick, VIC. I like it because it keeps regenerating itself with newcomers who are starting out, so never quite gentrifies. The Sydney Road shops near Victoria St go from being Pawnbrokers to Bridal houses, to Bomboniere retailers and over time, the cycle repeats as the economy and population changes. Like the suburbs in Trendyville, Brunswick is still a place people come to find their feet, and then move out. Oh, and it features my neighbour, Anna Across the Road, who used to own my house. She seems to have buried enough broken pottery in my backyard to rival an archaelogical site in the Mediterranean and there are some very interesting plants from Greece growing in her garden. She also helps herself to my fruit, roses and hard rubbish.

  13. Damon

    Collingwood (VIC). Vegan Wares for my boots and wallet, veggie cafés for my tummy, 86 tram with its, uhm “interesting” characters (!), what more could I want? My second vote is West End as already nominated, walking through and around West End is a sheer delight!

  14. Karen Haynes

    Red Hill. I used to work at the old Baptist church at the top of Windsor Road. People were proud of their suburb. A great mix of people called it home. Those from wealthy homes generously donated clothes and furniture to the church’s Thrift Shop, allowing us to make it available to those in need.

  15. Alex Hill

    Glebe- There’s no doubt that Arcadia Road in Glebe would have required a rename if the proposed F3 reservation made good on its threats.

  16. Richard Overall

    Northcote. Not quite as uber cool as Brunswick or Fitzroy but still close to the city, with lots of great bars, restaurants, parks and people!

  17. Dylan Nicholson

    Kensington, VIC: yet to be completely overtaken by hipsters, green (as in leafy, but as it happens, politically so too) and family-friendly, rarely too much traffic congestion, serviced by two train lines and popular with cyclists too.

  18. Oz (Horst) Kayak

    Post Code 3006; the “suburb” of Southbank is my nomination as it has the highest total walk score (as published by real estate agents) for the whole area of more than 96.
    Using another walk score based on 20 minute access to green space, cultural and sporting facilities it rates 99 out of 100. The next closest approximations as 20 minute walk score high facility suburbs, such as Carlton (PC 3053), are close to 90.

  19. max

    Newstead in Brisbane, it’s on the river, close to the city, and has terrific food

  20. Taylor R

    Highgate Hill – Beautifully preserved character housing, full of residents who cycle, the best inner city hill view from a park in BNE, superb location by West End, South Bank and UQ, best of all it feels largely owned by the residents and not the latest trendy place to be seen.

  21. Loki Carbis

    Prahran – torn between the hipsterville of Chapel St and the dystopia of the commission flats, and always fun to watch out of towners try to pronounce.

  22. catherineahall

    Coburg – we have engaged(not too trendy)citizens who activated to get Coburg Olympic Pool re-opened, Coburg High School reinstated and Edgars Creek Parkland saved for the community!
    Two creeks, bike paths,Coburg Lake,Sydney Rd and community!

  23. Peter Logan

    South Melbourne: We lost our footie club in the 80’s, then lost the park they played in during the 90’s to the grand prix, as well as our town hall, also “Jeffed”.
    Now the town hall is vibrant with ANAM, the Swans have won two premierships and we’re still fighting the grand prix.
    We’re resilient and probably have the greatest income spread in Australia yet live together as caring neighbours.

  24. Mitchell Goodfellow

    Fitzroy North – the creek, the gardens, the pubs, the terraces, the high streets, the cycling infrastructure – beaut

  25. Gloria

    West End in Brisbane. In the 80s and part of the 90s, a complete no-go zone on slophouses and people on the margins. Fast forward to the 00s and today, and while gentrification has occurred, West End has retained students, people on low incomes and local indigenous people along with the new arrivals on high incomes. The Boundary St strip hasn’t become a strip of all cafes and trendy bars – sure there’s a few, but there’s still that old grungy feel and some long term businesses along the strip. To me, it’s gentrified but not completely lost its roots.

  26. wilful

    Fitzroy, when I lived there in the ’90s. Still heaps of affordable share housing, dozens of live music venues and pubs down Brunswick St, an easy walk to the city and to major gardens, a short cycle to QV market. Leafy streets. Fitzroy pool in summer. Brilliant back then.

  27. Kieran Nelson

    Petrie Terrace, Great mix of restaurants, bars, galleries, a stadium, services and public transport.

  28. Caroline Armstrong

    Clifton Hill. Great gardens, community and transport options. No car ownership required.

  29. Andrew, West Essendon

    Parkville (Melbourne). Because its residential streets are in three distinct parts (South, North & West Parkville) it has a huge courtyard garden (Royal Park) which is so big that it has its own zoo!

  30. Russell

    Ashfield – in the heart of Sydney’s inner west, and the only bit of it not completely ruined by gentrification. Migrants still live there! I can walk down the busy main street and not see a single anglo hipster. Most of the shops aren’t even cafes.

  31. Tony Morton

    East Brunswick. The up and coming side of Hipsterville, still manages to be unpretentious.

  32. David R

    Brunswick — the nearly but not quite gentrified bicycle riding, Green voting capital of Melbourne

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