The Lifestyle Guide 2018

LIFESTYLE GUIDE 26 dollar developments we see today. By the Swinging Sixties, the Cross was enjoying its heyday, and a new form of entertainment – transgender drag shows – was drawing crowds of fascinated revelers. The Hell’s Angels took up residency, and the lights stayed on all night. After the Vietnam War came the erection of the unofficial sign of the Cross – the king- sized Coke advertisement at the junction. Built in 1974, the sign is now considered the visual gateway to the Cross, a red beacon viewable from the bottom of William Street. By the '80s and '90s, the strip had developed its status as ‘the golden mile’, as organised crime and police corruption reigned. Sex workers and drug pushers lined the corners, crime rates soared, homelessness grew, and the Cross was more notorious than ever. Just as Sydney’s property prices began to see growth in the following decades, developers saw the untapped potential in this city-side boho haven. The bohemians were pushed out, the boarding houses were bought up, and the slow choke leading up to February 2014 began. TODAY By 2016, pieces of the iconic Coke sign were, in a controversial decision, sold off for charity, eerily symbolic of the selling off of Sydney’s soul itself. Today, the sign readies itself to be overshadowed by a $300-million 19-storey high-rise apartment block on Victoria Street – a joint venture by Greenland and Probuild. KINGS CROSS IS NOT A SUBURB BUT A STATE OF MIND