From ten to nine years ago, I worked in Surry Hills.
It wasn’t a great job and the business wasn’t one that was satisfying to work for, but it was a job.
I spent the some of my early formative years of my “adulthood” working in that job. It was outbound sales.
A person I knew referred to it as a place for social outcasts.
When finishing during the evening, you’d sometimes here someone’s band practising. You’d go to the dive bar on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (or the dive bar section of the remodeled and somehow crappier, upmarket version of the old bar) and hang with some of your coworkers.
A number of the places managed to look really old and rundown, despite being fairly sturdy. It was easy to get bad food that wouldn’t make you ill, but there was always a risk you would take when choosing to do so.
Crime was a bit more of a problem, although you’d usually luck out and not have to deal with any confrontations.
On the very rare occasion, you’d head to The Hopetoun Hotel for a few drinks and see a band.
I don’t care much to think fondly of the time I spent working in Surry Hills. There were good times and there were bad times and I pass through it on a fairly regular basis when not on Semester break. It was what it was and my time is here and now.
When I was working in my last job there, it felt somewhat decrepit and done. It had some fairly frequent crime in some parts.
Having started a new job in Surry Hills, I’ve noticed that not much has changed. Despite gentrification seemingly attempting to take it over, no sounds of bands practising found as of yet, crime being less of a problem, and some new cafés and redevelopment, it seems and feels like it’s a fairly decrepit place trying to be more than it is, seemingly pretending to be somewhat bohemian whilst coming across more as conformist setting. Like other suburbs in Sydney, I don’t mind Surry Hills, but I don’t pretend it’s anything amazing.
With that being said, despite it seemingly trying to hide it, it was nice to see that Surry Hills is still kind of crap.