The big city bustle we associate with large metropolis is not the first thing that springs to mind in thinking of the Ballarat CBD.
But long before the GovHub is operational and brings its extra workers, there is an interesting sense of activity in the city streets.
It started in Armstrong and is spreading to Sturt and Mair.
Myer has committed to reinvesting in its iconic corner store, new retailers are popping up hoping to add to the unique shopping experience that defies the online purchasing trends and hospitality vendors are looking at expansion.
It's all about people on the street. Ballarat continues to grow but does it have a healthy beating heart?
Whichever way you look at it, it is not the CBD you once knew. Watch this space.
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