Culture collides with commerce in Hobart’s CBD

More places to hang but hotel plan dangles Do Not Disturb sign over live music venue.

If you’ve strolled around nipaluna/Hobart recently, chances are you’ve walked city streets in which you barely break stride.

That is about to change, say the developers of In The Hanging Garden, a mixed-use precinct of retail, living and cultural spaces that aims to stop Hobart residents and visitors in their tracks.

Demolition works for Stage 1 of In The Hanging Garden are now underway. The first stage of the development will see the construction of a new entrance to the precinct, which will in turn form part of a pedestrian link connecting Watchorn Street to Murray Street and improve accessibility and patronage into Hobart’s city centre.

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Acting Performing Arts Editor Jason Blake is a career arts writer, critic and editor. He studied theatre directing at the VCA and NIDA, served as arts editor for the Sydney City Hub, edited subscription TV guides and reviewed theatre for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2009-2017. He was co-founder of and recently publications manager for the Sydney Film Festival. He shares his home office with a possum.