“I’ve never ever heard it called that either”, a couple of friends agreed with me a few months ago. We were referring to the newspaper description of the Surry Hills (formerly Redfern) Shopping Village as “The Murder Mall”.

Murder Mall

I have lived in Surry Hills for over twenty years and have never heard it called “The Murder Mall” until a few months ago.

Yes, I’ve heard it called “The Methadone Mall” and yes, I’ve heard it called “The Fruit & Nut Mall” (think about it), but never heard it called “The Murder Mall”.

We agreed, it sounds like it was made up by some people in public relations, confusing the mall with the nearby public housing towers which do indeed have a reputation for suicide.

This is a terrific little shopping centre, only a couple of hundred metres from my home. When it closes, it will inconvenience me for a couple of years until the new mall is built.

To me, the whole discussion about this is around middle class and aspirant disdain for the large public housing population who live in the area. Across the road, they’ve tried twice now to take “The Crown Hotel” upmarket, to get rid of the “riff-raff” as Basil Fawlty would say, but every time the same public housing and working class population keep attending.

I’m sure one day they’ll try to do a “Sirius” on the “Northcott Towers”, turning them into another generic apartment block, moving the public housing people further west, which will be a sad day indeed.

Rant over.

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  1. As a postscript, this has been brought to my attention https://concreteplayground.com/sydney/design-style/technology/this-arsehole-instagram-account-makes-fun-of-homeless-sydneysiders/amp/

    Surry Hills, this is not your finest moment.

    YouTube videos of pampered cats royally messing up arehilarious. Hell, even Drunk Girls of Melbourne Cup had its moments. But using Instagram to make fun of people who are homeless, mentally ill, drug-dependent, disabled, elderly, impoverishedand otherwise marginalised? Not funny.

    Recently established Instagram account @themurdermall has clocked up almost 2000 followers by taking photographs of Surry Hills and Redfern residents in visibly less-than-privileged circumstances, such as sleeping on cardboard boxes, nodding off on benches or walking around in states of dishabille. The whole thing hingesaround the Surry Hills Shopping Village on the corner of Baptist and Cleveland Streets, locally known as ‘The Murder Mall’ or ‘The Methadone Mall’ due to its reputation as a destination for ‘questionable characters’. It’s a legit shopping centre though, housing the Surry Hills Post Office, the only fishmonger in the area, Coles and a pharmacist. The moniker was kind of cute and affectionate, but @themurdermall Instagram account isn’t cute. This is crossing a line.Laughing over other people’s misfortune when they’re completely unaware of it? You classy bunch.

    The account catches unfortunate residents unawares, with submissions encouraged. There’s an image of a sleeping man on the pavementusinga wine box as a pillow with the hashtag #Saturdaze. Nice.

    Bet this made you feel on top of the world.

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