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Darlinghurst Road Streetscape Project

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Location: Darlinghurst, NSW
Date Completed: 2005
Collaboration: SMM
Photography: Brett Boardman

This project is a major initiative by the Sydney City Council to improve the major gateway entrances into the Sydney Business District.

Darlinghurst Road is the spine of the historically significant Kings Cross quarter of the City. This precinct developed from an inner city residential precinct to a bohemian village during the inter-war years. Since the 1960’s it has been the centre for 24 hour entertainment in the city and has attracted less desirable activities.

This project aims to make Darlinghurst Road and Kings Cross a safer, more attractive place for the users and residents who are now moving back into high rise residential developments in the area, without stripping it of it’s character. Pavements were widened to reduce the impact of motor vehicles, new purpose designed lighting and street furniture have been installed.

A new street tree planting program is to be initiated, and there are longer term plans to create a new access to Kings Cross Railway Station and upgrade Queens Cross and Fitzroy Gardens, two neglected public spaces at each end of Darlinghurst Road.

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