Smith Street, Melbourne


Smith Street, Melbourne

Smith Street is a street in inner northern Melbourne.

Geography

Smith Street runs north-south from Victoria Parade at its southernmost end to Queens Parade. Between Victoria Parade and Alexandra Parade, it forms the boundary between Fitzroy and Collingwood; the short segment north of Alexandra Parade is in Clifton Hill. Smith Street is located a block east of Brunswick Street. From Gertrude Street to Queens Parade, Smith Street forms part of tram route 86.

History

Smith Street is somewhat more downmarket than Brunswick Street, and has not become as fashionable, though it is slowly being gentrified. It has its share of restaurants and cafés, though also has numerous shops selling cheap household goods and, to its north, "factory outlets" selling athletic and fashion clothing. This include brands such as Nike and Adidas. Parts of Smith Street also serve as a meeting place for the local Indigenous Australian community.

During the late 1990s, Smith Street was frequented by heroin users and dealers. This earned it the sobriquet 'Smack Street', which, whilst arguably no longer apt, has stuck.

In the last few years a number of bars and clubs have emerged on Smith Street, including “a bar called Barry”, “Scarlet” and until its closure in 2004; the all night venue Republika.

Landmarks

Left-wing community radio station 3CR has its offices in Smith Street, south of Gertrude Street. Music-oriented community radio station 3PBS is also located nearby, in Easey Street, Collingwood.

External links

*http://www.smithstreet.org/ Community weblog and local history.


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