From ‘dead’ to ‘blossoming’: How the cultural heart of Paddington is now back to its former glory

To mangle Mark Twain’s famous line, reports of Oxford Street’s death were an exaggeration. The Paddington stretch of the shopping strip was gravely injured when Westfield Bondi Junction opened in the early 2000s. It took years to recover. Now, peppered with trendy bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, Oxford Street is once again the pride of Paddo. “It’s…