Everyone in Melbourne's northern suburbs has heard of Merri Creek (well almost). Real Estate ads often list "close to Merri Creek" as part of a property's attractions. That's a stark contrast to four decades ago when property near Merri Creek, at that time considered as a weed-infested drain, was so cheap that Councils were able to buy up properties to create parts of what is now the Merri Creek parklands.
How far from Merri Creek does today's positive effect extend? A terrific blog article, not by Merri Creek Management Committee, answers this question. Using on-line data to analyse real estate ads and generate maps, the author shows that properties up to 1.3km from Merri Creek include the word "Merri" in their description. Read the full article here.