Towbar Installer Fitzroy

The suburb of Fitzroy is 3 kilometres northeast of Melbourne’s Central Business District. It’s an inner suburb under the local government area of the City of Yarra. Fitzroy was planned as Melbourne’s first suburb in 1839. The suburb then later became one of the city’s earliest regions to achieve municipal status in 1858. Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy, Governor of New South Wales from 1846 until 1855, was honored with the suburb’s name.

Fitzroy is bounded to the north by Alexandra Parade and to the south by Victoria Parade. On the west, the suburb is bordered by Nicholson Street and by Smith Street to the east. It covers about 100 hectares and is Melbourne’s smallest and most densely populated neighborhood outside the CBD. Its population is more or less than 11,000.

The suburb is a cultural hotspot noted for its live music scene and street art. It’s known as being the home of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.  Brunswick Street, one of Melbourne’s main retail, culinary, and nightlife streets, is its commercial center. The suburb, long identified with the working class, has experienced waves of urban regeneration and gentrification since the 1980s. Fitzroy is now home to a diverse range of socioeconomic classes, with some of Melbourne’s most costly rentals. The neighbourhood also features Atherton Gardens, one of the city’s largest public housing complexes.

Its built environment is eclectic, with some of Melbourne’s greatest examples of Victorian architecture. Much of the suburb is designated as a historic preservation district, with Heritage Overlays covering many individual buildings and streetscapes. The most current alterations to Fitzroy are dictated by the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy.  This strategic planning policy framework designates Brunswick Street and nearby Smith Street for redevelopment as Activity centers.

Within the suburb, there are numerous small commercial art galleries, artist-run venues, and artist studios. Fitzroy is a thriving street art scene and is home to Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and the Contemporary Photography Centre. Fitzroy is now a live music hotspot in Melbourne, including venues like The Old Bar, Bar Open, and Cape Live. The location also housed the well-known Punters Club, which was forced to close in 2002.

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