It's no surprise that Footscray is so hot right now.
But Footscray has a long history as a working-class, multicultural suburb, a place close to the city that embraced Melbourne's waves of new migrants.
The questions for Footscray residents, business owners, artists and athletes are: how is the suburb changing? How should it change? What can be done to keep housing affordable while still encouraging entrepreneurship and new business? How can new hospitality venues fit in with the character of the suburb without changing it?
A panel of experts who live, work and play in the western suburbs will address these questions and more in a Time Out Talk in conjunction with the Footscray Community Arts Centre on the gentrification of Footscray.