The redevelopment of Lonsdale Street is the first major infrastructure project delivered as part of the larger Revitalising Central Dandenong program. A complex work in a challenging socio-economic environment, it has already had a dramatic impact in changing the feeling of the city, shifting how it is understood and used by locals and visitors alike. Not so long ago Dandenong was seen by some as a place to avoid; now it is a destination.
Good to see. I have some small quibbles with the redevelopment (most importantly, the lack of trees for shade at most of the crossings), but otherwise I think it's overwhelmingly a great design. One point of note:
Local traffic is slowed through the careful design of side roads, paving and planting.
There has been discussion about levelling off the cobblestones in the side roads in order to improve accessibility for those with disabilities. I had long assumed the cobblestones had been made intentionally rough in order to slow down traffic and this sentence seems to confirm that. (The roughness certainly slows me down.) I hope this is taken into account if levelling off is deemed necessary.
(Also, while I've seen it a few times now, I love the photo.)