Alexander Street

Street analysis

The part of the Langridge Ward within the City of Yarra which I have visited is bounded by Hoddle Street to the east, Victoria Street to the south, Wellington Street to the west and the Eastern Freeway / Alexandra Parade to the north. It contains a mix of residential typologies, with commercial and retail typologies along Johnston Street and a broad variety of industrial uses.

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The most common street typology featured a 12m wide road surface and 2m wide footpaths, with either parallel parking on both sides or a combination of parallel and diagonal parking.

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Typical street

The industrial street typology featured a one way 7m wide road surface and 1.5m wide footpaths, with parallel parking on one side and, depending on the land use, off street parking.

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Typical industrial street

Street selection

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Alexander Street has been selected for its relative tranquil atmosphere, a particularly quality given its proximity to both Hoddle Street and the Eastern Dreeway. It is somewhat unique, with a 22m fence to fence street width, which would be better suited to a more publicly oriented and less car dominated street. The northern end of the street terminates at a service lane connecting Hoddle Street to Alexandra Parade, which could potentially be manipulated to close off the street or permit one way traffic. Either scenario would greatly change the type of traffic entering the street. There is also a public park in a council-owned residential allotment in the middle of the street which is frequented by many of the residents. This indicates a desire for public recreational space among the community. For this reason Alexander Street will present the ideal location for my Streets Without Cars development project.

Vegetation mapping

In mapping the Langridge Ward, we researched and documented the location of public green space and street vegetation. The vegetation map below shows the public green space across the ward and corresponding usage and street trees.

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Observations:

  • Mature trees occur in well presented streets, perhaps due to a City of Yarra scheme that allocates funding towards maintenance of heritage listed mature trees.
  • Mature trees occur more frequently in wider streets. This is likely due to the selection of smaller trees in narrow streets which minimise property damage caused by tree roots.
  • The City of Yarra uses different species of trees in order to differentiate parts of the city, industrial, residential and commission housing.
  • We also noticed there was a distinct trend in the number of trees per block depending on the land use.

Number of trees per block (block = 5000sqm)
Industrial blocks = 3 trees
Main roads = 20 trees
Residential blocks =- 40 trees
Commission housing = 60 trees
Parks = 40 – 120 trees


Image sources

  1. Langridge Ward map, this and subsequent images copyright of author.
  2. Typical street.
  3. Typical industrial street.
  4. Alexander Street.
  5. Street selection.
  6. Vegetation map.
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