Tag Archives: gentrification

Random Insults Day 9 – Fuck off yuppi skum

2 Nov

At last something a tad more amusing than our last few posts. I kicked myself for missing capturing a similar statement on Separation Street Northcote a number of years ago but when I saw this in a building site just up from the junction of High Street and Lower Plenty Road I made a special detour to capture this cheeky stencil. I’ve prattled on about gentrifucktion before, so I shan’t do so again. Instead I will let the words speak for themselves, as every self-respectingly boring song-writer is so often heard to say.

fuck off yuppie scum

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Landlord

18 Aug

Here’s one for the tenants, renters, lessees, and other purveyors of usurious accommodation services in the great brown land of Oz.

I could only chuckle when I found this damning marker work on a telephone junction box at the railway crossing at Smith Street, Thornbury. Not that all landlords deserve this defamatory treatment. I myself have been blessed with a few stellar ones in my rental career. Perhaps landlords cop a lot of the blame from the fallout of the machinations of rabid rental property managers. Or is that merely the “I was only following market forces” excuse. Whatever the case, this one’s a sinister looking bastard.

Landlord – Smith Street railway crossing, Thornbury

Is that a bleeding heart? Perhaps he is redeemable afterall.

Landlord (detail)

Landlord (detail)

We turn homes into “assets”

24 Jan

You know you are living in sad times when you show something as guttingly insightful as this supplementary real estate slogan to someone and they simply shrug their agreement. That’s the case with property acquisition in this fair city of mine – ownership of a home, in the area of your choice, has become a privilege (don’t get me started on the leech like machinations of rental agents). That is why I was particularly chuffed when I came across this aptly and ably altered agent’s sign on my way home from the park with missy.

We turn homes into "assets"

Indeed we do.

Poor old house – nasty development

26 Nov

The gentrification of innercity Melbourne is not universally celebrated by the residents of said burbs. As prices sore to ridiculous figures, those who grew up in once poor neighbourhoods become marginalised and, as rents rise, effectively forced out of their hometowns.

Some go quietly, but others turn to the spray can. One piece of graffiti I saw, but didn’t capture, summed it up in a word – “Gentrifucked”.

This gem below is a 2 parter. I was walking to Fairfield station, in August 2006, and did a double take when I saw this old Victorian fenced in for demolition. Some wit had vented their ire in blue paint for all to see. A week or so later, when I passed the house again, it had been jacked up and cut into pieces. It seems someone did value this old building after all and it was to be relocated and lived in once more. Another spray can commentator had amended the graffiti to reflect the house’s change in fortune. Who says development is all bad news for aging architecture.

Poor old house nasty development

Lucky old house nasty development