Thanks for bringing this up.
Personally I'm struggling to fathom the rate at which these great long Victorian era streetscapes which are synonymous with Melbourne are disappearing.
And I can't believe so many of them have no heritage overlays so its so easy for developers to knock them down.
Councils need to stop looking at the heritage value of individual buildings and start classifying them based on their contribution to the streetscape.
I really can't see how the facades can be kept, afterall it forces the buildings to have a podium of a reasonable height to allow light to street level. Its what they would be forced to do back in the 90s when we actually had some respect for what heritage was left.
Keeping one or two significant buildings is just a cop out. In years to come their value will also come into question with their streetscape signficance now downgraded. Its a slippery slope.
The way its going won't be long before we're left with a patchwork of iconic streets like Lygon Street and thats about it.
And the designs they're coming up with are simply a 1960s architects wet dream. I bet they would have loved to have CAD back then ... I don't care if its got patterns in pre-cast concrete, they're piles.
I don' quite share your fears for all of Inner Melbourne dissapearing, but I wish more people had the passion.
I can't find any mention of the proposal on the Yarra planning website, so don't know what's going on.
I just saw the proposals on another forum and shared them here.