Welcome to Midweek Mayhem!
The place where anything can happen but it generally doesn’t.
There’s a large vacant space in the middle of Hobart where the Myer department store once stood before it was destroyed by fire over a year ago. There have been many suggestions in the daily newspaper as to what should be done with the vacant lot. A number of readers have suggested that it should be made into a public space, with a park, lawns and trees, and seating for people to enjoy eating their lunch. Others have suggested combining the public space with some cafe’s and restaurants with an area for performance artists, musicians and artworks. Many readers have written in to support these ideas, and that’s all well and good you might think.
However, imagine my surprise, when a number of readers took umbrage at my own well-considered suggestions for the space, with one actually asking me to leave town!
I ask you, who in their right mind would argue with the idea that every town ought to have its own dedicated community heroin injecting centre and designated smoking zone?
This is precisely the concept I put forth as a useful way to make use of this wasted space. And what do I get for efforts? Shot down in flames by concerned citizen “irate of Sandy Bay”
I imagined a sort of “festival” like environment, where users could congregate and shuffle from stalls selling everything from gear like tablespoons, aluminium foil and rubber tubing, as well as a needle exchange shop. All in one family-friendly environment.
Dealers could also set up shop, but I would probably restrict this to sensible operating hours like say from 10.00pm until 6.00am in the morning, so as not to interfere with other nearby retail trade. We could even have a “drop in” centre, where people could drop in, to drop out….
Somehow I can’t see it happening. But I reckon the idea has merit. I should’ve been a town planner.
Feel free to talk amongst yourselves…