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Pity Footscray now it’s on the global ‘cool’ suburbs list

It is, the article says, a melting pot of cultures from places as far-flung as Vietnam and Ethiopia, a place where you can scoop up a goat curry with fresh injera, slurp down pho and hunt out the best cannoli in town: it’s one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods, and it’s right here in Melbourne.

Footscray has been named one of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world.

Footscray has been named one of the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world.Credit:Darrian Traynor

No, it’s not Dandenong or Springvale or Point Cook – all neighbourhoods (we call them suburbs) where you can do these things. It’s not even Sunshine (although something tells me it will be Sunshine soon).

It’s Footscray, and it joins Time Out’s list of 49 other cool neighbourhoods, quartiers and suburbs in cities around the world, many of which you have probably never heard of.

There’s Wedding in Berlin, for example, where refugees from the rising rents in Kreuzberg are muscling in on the more affordable housing enjoyed by the traditional working class and migrant communities; Pilsen in Chicago, where waves of Latino immigrants who replaced the old Polish, German and Italian populations in the 1970s brought with them the taquerias that help make it so cool now; Peckham in London, which has gone from sitcom to superstar quicker than you can say “soft-shell tortilla”; and somewhere in Manchester called Ancoats, where old cotton mills have apparently been converted into co-working spaces, and craft beer has replaced warm pints of lager and a packet of crisps (hello, Collingwood).

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