Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mudgee streetscape

0712 Mudgee streetscape
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
Of all the Central West country towns visited on this trip, Mudgee was the most charming and seemed among the most prosperous.

It is bewildering to find that the local council is considering building a suck-em-in shopping mall in the town. As a tourist, I'm utterly uninterested in shopping malls and their predictable contents. But streets like those of Mudgee, with wonderful old buildings and a lovely variety of shops and businesses, not to mention cobbled laneways with cafes - why would you destroy that for a cookie-cutter predictable mall? In an area where they are clearly interested in tourism?

These wedding-cake Victorian buildings are in one of the main streets.

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