by Sarah McInerney
A PROPOSAL to close part of a Dulwich Hill street to create a plaza has had a mixed community reaction
Marrickville Council is investigating a proposal to close part of Seaview St at the Marrickville Rd intersection
The proposal was put forward by Marrickville Greens councilor Sam Byrne at the suggestion of Father Dave Smith at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and his wife. Angela.
Ms Smith said they were inspired by a trip to Europe where people of all ages congregated in town squares
“I think it would be building on something that already exists -. a strong sense of community” she said.
Father Smith said as the more traditional shops closed. people such as retired Greek and Portuguese men were losing their meeting places
“There are less places for these people to meet unless they can afford to pay $3 for a cup of coffee,” he said
The proposal has drawn mixed reaction from businesses concerned about losing the Marrickville Rd access to two car parks.
Lee Spanos from Crust Pizza said the plaza could bring more people Into the area and make it safer for children.
But Pharmacist Llnh Vo said while a plaza would look good it wasn’t practical. “We have a lot customers that come to Dulwich Hill and to the pharmacy because of the quick access to the car park,” he said
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