what was left.  Photo: Joe Armao

what they left. Photo Joe Armao

The Block winners face a massive fine and will have to ‘rebuild’ (?) the heritage-listed Melbourne home they demolished without a permit.  They also cut down all the trees  See details in SMH.

Some of us hate ‘The Block’. It completely commodifies places where people live.  

The winner is the one who makes the most dough on the resale and imposes a kitsch, fashion-magazine orthodoxy on what is considered ‘good taste’.  

The concept that a house or a unit will be inhabited by people who have their own idiosyncrasies and will make the house their own unique place does not exist in the mind of The Block.