Lulie Street in Abbotsford runs north-south, parallel with the Hurstbridge train line and Hoddle Street. Victoria Park oval is situated on the east side of the street and is bound by Abbot and Turner Street. At the north end, the street curves to the right (becoming Maugie Street) where it borders the Eastern Freeway and at the south end it intersects with Johnston Street.
The surrounding context of Lulie Street is made up of a mixture of residential, commercial and industrial land uses.
Lulie Street is 420m long. There are 3 streets (Maugie Street, Abbot Street and Turner Street) and 2 narrow laneways (Federation Lane and Little Turner Street) that enter Lulie Street from the east. There are 16 dwellings that front onto the street, each house a two storey Victorian terrace.
The street is approximately 20m wide, 14m of which is dedicated to north and south bound vehicle and bicycle lanes, and a mixture of parallel and perpendicular car parking. Mature oak trees are planted within the asphalt along the west side of the street. Overhead power lines run along the street on both sides.
The Study Area
I have chosen to focus on the section of Lulie Street between Abbot Street and Turner Street for my Streets Without Cars studio project.
There is a long strip of land owned by VicTrack running along the west side of Lulie Street. The space is currently used for the storage of rail materials and equipment, the delivery of parcels and goods (Victoria Park Freight Centre) and $4 per day parking. There may also be plans to delay the development of the land in preparation for the proposed Doncaster rail.
Based on my observations, I believe there is a severe divorce between the Victoria Park train station and Victoria Park oval. I am interested in strengthening and enriching the connection between the two by introducing more community-focused uses in the area.
Ian Shears from the City of Melbourne spoke to the studio about the function of streets, and presented us with case studies that encapsulate the key characteristics of a well-designed street. Ian recommended that we choose untapped and under-utilised streets for our design interventions in order to explore their potential as rich and engaging streets. This advice has fuelled my street selection.
I believe Lulie Street has great potential for more community use and can play a more central role in enhancing connections with the area’s beloved Victoria Park.
- View of Lulie Street facing north, copyright the author.
- Aerial view of Lulie Street and surrounding context, copyright NearMap.
- Experiential photos of Lulie Street (1), copyright the author.
- Proposed study area of Lulie Street, copyright NearMap.
- Experiential photos of Lulie Street (2), copyright the author.