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The city centre has traditionally been thought of by visitors as the area enclosed by the circle tram, but it is far better to think of Melbourne city as a collection of inner city villages. Just to the north are Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood. Their proximity to the city meant that these were among the first areas to be developed as it expanded rapidly during the gold rush. Carlton is best known for being an area where Italian immigrants settled. It’s now a middle-class area where yuppies enjoy the Italian food and cafés of Lygon Street. The neighbouring Fitzroy also has some fine boom-time domestic architecture but had become a slum by the 1930s. Cheap rents attracted immigrants, students and artists and the area gradually gained a reputation for bohemianism. Brunswick Street is still lively and alternative although increasingly gentrified. The alternative set now claim Smith Street in Collingwood, just a few blocks to the east, as their own. Johnston Street, crossing Brunswick, is...

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