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Then & Now – Sydney 1836 & 2013 We’ve superim Then & Now – Sydney 1836 & 2013

We’ve superimposed a map of Sydney from 1836 over the current google map.

You can see the massive changes to the city and landscape since 1836, and it’s still in flux. Interesting how in comparison Melbourne is quite unchanged. 
Kate went to art school in Sydney, it was the first big city she lived in. Now when she heads back there she’s been known to get lost – but after this little experiment this doesn’t make her feel so bad.

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Everyone loves a tiny bar from Tigre to Wellington Everyone loves a tiny bar from Tigre to Wellington
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For centuries in Japan, two decades in Melbourne and in the last 5 years in Brisbane, in Sydney, Tigre and cities all over the world are changing licensing laws, zoning and patterns of use to make it easier to open small bars. These bars often cluster together with other interesting offers to create fantastic local destinations

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Before original Hello City co-founder Sunny Haynes Before original Hello City co-founder Sunny Haynes emigrated to Australia, she visited Michael Blamey’s blog religiously to see the photograph of the day and it has forged an important part of her romance with our city.
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These days you can follow @michaelblamey on instagram for a hit of beautiful photography with his insightful and sometimes wry one-line titles .
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Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh) If you ever wa Hyperbole and a Half (Allie Brosh)

If you ever want to make original Hello City co-founder Sunny laugh so hard that she has to lie down on the carpet – just show her this chart.

Allie Brosh’s blog paused for some time after the post entitled ‘Adventures in Depression’ in October 2011. We hoped this was because she was too busy touring the speakers circuit or writing her book and had no time for foolish blogging, but she recently started publishing and shared her experiences with depression.

You can visit Brosh’s blog, or read her book ‘Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened’. It’s not everyone who can write about a topic like depression, make you laugh & also give you powerful insights into an uncomfortable reality.

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Share your Nicholson Village with us. Link in the Share your Nicholson Village with us. Link in the bio // help your local traders and maybe win $50 to spend at your favourite shop. .
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Be Citizens Not Consumers - James H. Kunstler & Cl Be Citizens Not Consumers - James H. Kunstler & Clusterfuck Nation
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Kunster’s a straight-talking and hugely entertaining orator from the old school, known for his colourful turn of phrase and direct expression – both can be found in his blog ‘Clusterfuck Nation’. .
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Here he conducts a rigorous analysis of what it is that makes places valuable – and why we keep building places that aren’t worth caring about. .
“We have about 38,000 places that are not worth caring about in the United States today- when we have enough of them, we’re gonna have a nation that’s not worth defending. And I want you to think about that when you think about those young men and women who are over in places like Iraq spilling their blood in the sand, and ask yourself what is their last thought of home? I hope it’s not the curb cut between the Chuck E. Cheese and the Target store! ‘Cause that’s not good enough for Americans to be spilling their blood for. We -  need better places in this country.” .
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Our favourite point is the one he makes at the end – that we need to stop thinking about ourselves as consumers, and start instead to refer to ourselves as citizens with, as Kunstler says “obligations, responsibilities, and duties to {our} fellow human beings.” .
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Melbourne: Next Stop Utopia Hello City was asked Melbourne: Next Stop Utopia

Hello City was asked to create a map that captures our idea of Australian utopia or distopia for Dutch magazine One World @oneworldnl. We decided to start at home and have a look at Melbourne.

If you’d like to add this artwork to your collection, visit the Hello City store at Society6 it shoot as an email and we’ll send you a PDF. .
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CityLab recently invited readers to draw maps of t CityLab recently invited readers to draw maps of their worlds in the time of coronavirus. There are some beautiful maps showing a new connection to nature, ‘sanity’ walks, new discoveries, fear and intimacy including this one showing a walk around Bondi by urban strategist @StephanieBhim. .
You can submit your maps to Laura Bliss and Jessica Lee Martin over at  @CityLab
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Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others We love a Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others

We love art interventions. Particularly when the artist tweaks one simple element of a familiar place and in so doing transforms how we see and experience it.

Julian Charriere’s & Julius von Bismarck’s collaboration is like this. 
People wandering the streets of Venice, Copenhagen and Berlin who saw an incredibly vivid feather and wondered what magical bird it could possibly have come from, may find the answer in "Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others". @juliusvonbismarck
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3 Decades plus of The Heidelberg Project For over 3 Decades plus of The Heidelberg Project

For over 3 decades  The Heidelberg Project has made large scale art installations in the urban environment of Detroit’s struggling East Side to give locals a new perspective, address urban blight and bring a little joy and colour.

Created by Tyree Guyton working with his wife, Karen, grandfather Sam Mackey and the neighbourhood kids, the project has transformed the neighbourhood. Initially opposed by the local government, the project is now recognised as a major driver of regeneration.

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Antanas Mockus’ approach to city policy If only Antanas Mockus’ approach to city policy

If only every city mayor was like Antanas Mockus. In the 90s his effective if unusual policies to improve Bogotá included hiring over 400 mimes to control traffic, showering on TV to inspire water conservation, introducing voluntary additional taxes and women-only nights in the city. “The distribution of knowledge is the key contemporary task. Knowledge empowers people. If people know the rules, and are sensitized by art, humor, and creativity, they are much more likely to accept change.” - Antanas Mockus

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Berndnaut Smilde is some kind of contemporary art Berndnaut Smilde is some kind of contemporary art magician. He creates clouds and rainbows inside buildings, we’ve got no idea how he does it – it’s just magic @berndnaut 
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You’re never too old to swing in Montreal How d You’re never too old to swing in Montreal

How delightful is 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) by Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours in collaboration with animal behaviourist Luc-Alain Giraldeau?

This art installation in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles also functions as a huge interactive instrument. As people swing alongside each other they create melodies & harmonies.

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The newly minted Facebook group *Northcote/Thornbu The newly minted Facebook group *Northcote/Thornbury and Fairfield Takeaway* is supporting local businesses by providing a platform for cafes and restaurants to share how they are responding to Covid-19. Locals are also sharing info on what businesses are doing takeaway for the first time, who is cashless and how to order.
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Groups covering nearby Melbourne suburbs of Reservoir, Preston, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Carlton and Brunswick have sprung up to do the same.
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I Wish This Was … (Candy Chang) Candy Chang say I Wish This Was … (Candy Chang)

Candy Chang says her work is about making cities more emotional. She follows in the tradition of Gillian Wearing and Rirkrit Tiravanija by collaborating with the whole city to ask ourselves what we really care about.

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What Zombies can teach us about the power of the s What Zombies can teach us about the power of the sweet spot.

We’re big believers in the power of the sweet spot, and the advantage of seeking balance over stability.

Derrida has a cool way of thinking about the relationship between the sweet spot and radical change.

The first part of the concept is the idea of the undecidable. Perhaps Derrida’s best example of an undecidable is the zombie (after the classic Romero style). Derrida claims that besides eating brains, the reason that zombies are freaky is because they are undecidable. He points out that no matter how much we try we can’t place a zombie into a nice neat binary category – a zombie is not master or servant, male or female, alive or dead, it’s undecidable. “They show where classificatory order breaks down: they mark the limits of order.” He then goes on to speculate that the reason an undecidable is so unsettling is that most of the structures of our society are based on understanding the world in terms of binary oppositions – right & wrong, black & white, male & female, winner & loser. Because these categories are so fundamental – something that is neither/nor and undecidable and that can’t be easily categorised, no matter how small, serves to shake the foundations of established order.

Undecidables occupy a sweet spot – if of a particularly unsettling kind. When you find the sweet spot between reason & irrationality, love and fear, creativity and structure, ideas & delivery – when you find the spot in the middle of the Venn diagram of life – this is not about compromise or conservative thinking, it’s about finding a point of leverage from which you can affect radical change. “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the Earth with it“
(Attributed to Archimedes)

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Matchbooks + Google Street View = Art (Krista Char Matchbooks + Google Street View = Art (Krista Charles)

Krista Charles’ work explores old and new ways of communication and marketing. She finds old promotional matchbooks, uses Google Streetview to find the business promoted on the matchbook, then she draws the business at that address today on the original matchbook by hand – and then she sells her work on Etsy.

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Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (Bruce Mau) It’ Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (Bruce Mau)

It’s difficult to pick a favourite directive from this incredibly useful guide … but perhaps ours is number 2.

2. Forget about good. 
Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

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Community Choir is a high risk activity for spread Community Choir is a high risk activity for spreading corona virus and so likely to be one of the last activities to reopen. Choir is also one of the most difficult things to do remotely - besides the technical issues around lag and recording styles - there just is no substitute for standing close to another person and raising your voice together in song.
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But despite these barriers, community choirs around the world are finding new and fabulous ways to forge connections and keep on singing. The silver lining? Now you can join a community choir and sing with people all over the world.
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Some of our favourites are Couch Choir by @PubChoir and Sofa Singers. And of course Just Holler led by Hello City’s very own Jane York .
Support groups like Choirs Online have also sprung up to help choirs grapple with tech options.
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Hinky Dink’s Chicago (Bryan Lloyd) . Historian Hinky Dink’s Chicago (Bryan Lloyd) .

Historian Bryan Lloyd has drawn two maps showing the brothels, casinos, saloons and bars of the Levee District in Chicago in the period from 1870-1923.

We’re love the names of the venues – Biff Monroe’s, Hell’s Half Acre, Ike Blooms’, Tucks Olympia, Black & Tan Dive, Big Mauds, Miss Lulus, Ada Dicks’ and apparently the local aldermen of the levee precinct were known as Hinky Dink, Little Mike and Bathhouse John. More info at www.myalcaponemuseum.com

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