Parramatta Road, which runs from Sydney to Parramatta (about 20km or 14 miles) has to be one of the ugliest roads in Australia. Due to the constant increasing demands of automobile traffic, the road has been widened to such an extent that the old storefronts had to remove the supporting posts of their overhanging balconies because of the dangers to cars hitting them. Most of the old balconies were converted to non-load bearing awnings instead.
What were once characterful, late 19th century buildings have been reduced to shattered ghosts of their original forms. To compound such a sad state of affairs for the store owners, the widening of the road also has removed any kerbside parking, making it very difficult for shoppers as there is no nearby parking. So many of the businesses along Parramatta Road have suffered to the point that they are no longer viable and many have been left to decay.