Good day, Scumshine aims to document the predicted gentrification of Sunshine, Victoria.
The suburb of Sunshine has been around for a long time (in an Australian city context) and it’s been through a lot. It’s in the lower socio-economic region of Western Melbourne but it’s managed to keep adapting and re-inventing itself to absorb changes and keep growing.
But will it survive it’s biggest challenge ever?? The middle classes!! They are moving in…. and they are looking for gentrification!!
Sunshine’s had a bad rep for years. If you grew up in Melbourne anywhere but Sunshine, it was likely to top your list of ‘suburbs I wouldn’t live in if you paid me’. Most people know it as Scumshine, for god’s sake and assume it’s completely full of bogans.
So? What does happen when a 40 year old, middle class divorcee moves from Mitcham to Sunshine.
I moved here because it’s as close into the city as I could afford but I also feel like it’s an area on the rise – to a better reputation, better services and a bit of cafe culture wouldn’t go astray, either! People tell me how daggy Yarraville was years ago and look at it now. That could happen here too, couldn’t it? Wont it?? Should it??
Well we are going to find out – coz I’m going to document it. Right here.