From commos to condos

Bicycle oriented development, right now, is a nebulous trend seemingly owned by the overeducated/underpaid demographic, you know: community engagement officers working for local government; barristers; bike mechanics; young architects. Folk like we used to be, when we were the ones with street credibility. And it is precisely this hip/naive vibe that will make urban cycling more and more popular among old people with money. Like art, cycling is something boring old farts will want to buy into, to assuage any sense their lives were spent just working and saving.

Places that right now are sites for ride-through joints to grab a ristretto, will one day be sites for bike access condos, as surely as the meatpacking district in New York went from being the site of bare-backing nightclubs in the ’70s, to now being the address of success for America’s most wealthy buyers of designer apartments. So wherever this cafe is being being built now, I suggest buying industrial land somewhere nearby. My investment tip for today!

About Steven

I'm on a mission to put cycling on the agendas of architects, urban designers and fellow academics, who see the potential for bicycles to change cities and buildings. My PhD is in architectural history and my interdisciplinary research spans art theory, philosophy and cultural studies. I teach architectural history and theory and design studio at The University of Tasmania, Australia, and formerly worked as an architect designing large public housing projects in Singapore. My favourite bikes are a titanium racing bike I use for racing, a Velorbis retro commuter for riding to cafes and work, a single speed ultra light Brompton that I take with me when I travel on planes, a 29er hard tail mountain bike that I get lost on in remote places, an old track bike that scares me, a 1984 Colnago Super with all original campagnolo components that is plugged into a virtual realm that I train in, and a Dutch-made Bakfiets, that could easily replace half of the bikes I just mentioned.
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2 Responses to From commos to condos

  1. Ned Powell says:

    Hi Steven, thanks for that video. I ride past there on my commute to and from work every day, and I was wondering what was going on there, thinking it might be a cafe after reading some of your past blog posts suggesting that such a think should happen.
    I think that section of bike path along the linear reserve there is my favourite section of bike path in Melbourne. It’s the green grass, it’s the low rise cosy modern houses and terrace housing, it’s the lack of car traffic and abundance of cyclists and joggers engaging in physical activity, it’s just…the vibe. I’ll be interested to see how the new cafe turns out.

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