Melbourne CBD’s nine footpath kiosks are being removed to help clear the city’s cluttered footpaths.
Two kiosks have already gone, and another seven will not have their leases renewed in November.
Council transport chairman Nicolas Frances-Gilley told the Herald Sun that the council was simply responding to overcrowding in the central city.
“The rectangular street trading kiosks were initially introduced as a way of activating the central city in a time when our streets were far quieter than what we experience today,” Frances-Gilley said.
“We have great respect for the historical and cultural value of the kiosks, so we have begun reaching out to find new homes for the structures once they are removed.”
Council will forgo $120,000 in lease revenue as a result of the kiosk closures.
The booming CBD has seen pedestrian traffic soar with the daily population of the city forecast to jump from 911,000 now to 1.4 million by 2036.