Stop 5 : Brunetti Cafe

Our final stop will be on the corner of Melbourne City square, a cafe called Brunetti.

Brunetti was a cafe established in 2005 where customers can enjoy scenery of Melbourne, in a peaceful niche where you can read a book or converse with friends. However contrary to this, before 2005, Melbourne City Square was public space open for anyone to use. What was formerly public space for people is now a pseudo-private space only allowing consumers to utilize their area.

Should the government be allowed to take away public space and privatise the area for business purposes?

With the inevitably increasing privatisation of public spaces in Melbourne, there will be eventually nowhere for you to sit, relax or display artwork without paying a fee. A city which prides itself on Street Art will be dispossessed of its crux.