One of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs, Collingwood, is fast becoming one of the city’s hippest cultural hubs.

A number of underused spaces have kept rents comparatively low and allowed an eclectic, creative lifestyle to evolve, attracting graphic designers, architects, start-ups and other creative types.

This emerging mix has attracted a rush to redevelop, with a number of mid- to high-rise developments set for construction.

There is strong desire for developments that will add to the amenity of the suburb, however a number of objections have been raised, especially to high-rise proposals seeming to detract from the suburban streetscape.

Director of Collingwood based H2O architects, Tim Hurburgh, suggested that the suburb’s character depends on fostering activity at street level and maintaining the current mixed business and light industrial zoning.

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