Parramatta Road is notorious as a problematic traffic artery. Commuters try to avoid it. Councils try to fix it. I simply aim to know it.

I meet, interview and document the businesses that don’t fit into shopping malls, the sparse pedestrians, the thriving and vanishing industries across around 20 suburbs of western Sydney.

While government and media debate how to improve Parramatta Road, it quietly gets away with being more interesting than you might think. The road changes each day: sign by sign, block by building, business by business. I go into the crevices to reveal something of the old and weary beast the way it is today, for future reference.

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