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Sydney aspires to be a city of villages - Mosman is one of the few

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Not every fruit and veg shop gets a street party when its owners retire. Yet there was dancing, singing and much lamenting on Avenue Road in Mosman when the neighbourhood said farewell to Jimmy and Toula, who had been supplying Mosman with fresh fruit, veg and flowers for more than three decades.

Mosman is just that sort of place. It has a genuine village vibe. You see the same people again and again in the flower shop, the fish and chip shop, the many cafes, even the hardware store. There are few tall buildings and many places to meet and greet on both sides of Military Road. This compactness, this familiarity, gives it a sense of intimacy. Its lifestyle is the envy of........

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