Last night I carried some Melbourne visitors from St. Peters to Kings Cross. Passing through Redfern I was asked what I thought of The Block. One passenger was under the mistaken impression The Block was the hugh towers around Pitt Street.
Last century whilst studying a Town Planning module, I visitored these towers. Thirty years later I can still remember the stats - 17 storeys tall with 314 units per tower. Children living there drew pictures of cars from the plan elevation, i.e. looking down !
However these towers ain't The Block, which is located near Redfern station and slated for the development of 62 homes. Whilst owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company, The Block has now become a hot property with both the State Government and Sydney City Council vying for control.
Coincidentally, I've justed received a response from Peter Valilis, Project Manager of The Block. Last year I posted on The Block after its bad press from the Redfern riots.
Valilis kindly provides an update on The Block and why it's taken so long for the Master Plan to be implemented. In doing so, he forecasts what he sees as a form of ethnic cleansing implict in the Government's designs over The Block,
...a blatant Machiavellian attack on the most vulnerable in our society..