Take Off

In TFC on February 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

Almost on the runway, but on my last day in the emerald city I would like to bring people’s notice to a worrying phenomenon.

In my limited travels  around the inner-west (Alexandria, Erskineville) and inner-east (Darlo) I have seen FIVE locked and shuttered pubs.  Two of them, the Newtown and the Imperial, were major GLBTI haunts.  There is talk of re-development plans, but they would say that wouldn’t they.

 Is this a sign of economic downturn or community weakening ?  The “local” is a talisman of a locality and it’s in a bit of strife.  True, smaller, Melbourne-esque bars are beginning to pop up in the Sydney inner suburbs, but they don’t anchor a place like an Aussie pub.


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