It's been a sad few weeks for inner Melbourne dwellers as the retail and entertainment icons of the city start to tumble.
First the guy who ran Job Warehouse (that fabric shop next to Pellegrinis) died in June aged 91. He gets a great write up in The Monthly magazine.
Then in the space of a few days we lose the Lumiere cinema, Gaslight Records, and hear news that Coles Myer may sell off its department stores.
The city's retail mix seems to be not quite so mixed anymore. We're gaining a lot of expensive shops selling badly made clothes, gaining a lot more places to get tanked - on alcohol and juice, and gaining a lot of discount CD shops. We're also losing one off shops in favour of well-lit generic chain stores with bad service. Oh well.