Not too many years ago, they were two of Sydney's most notorious trouble spots, with Kings Cross and Redfern's Block a pair of addresses you ventured into either invited or wary.
But both are being made over, with the former to get a new festival celebrating the arts and the latter apparently our own version of Hollywood.
Announced on Tuesday, the Kings Cross Festival will take place over four nights and five days from November 21.
A pointed move designed to reassure visitors The Cross is safe in the wake of the July bashing death of Thomas Kelly, the festival will include a "Good Neighbourhood BBQ" as well as other events at various locations in the area.
"The creativity of the Cross will be on show, with talented locals curating the very best of fashion, food, art, literature and music,” acting Premier Andrew Stoner said.
As for The Block, it will be home on Wednesday to the premiere at 6pm of the ABC drama Redfern Now, with a free screening of the first episode and a performance by former Australian Idol star Casey Donovan.
Anyone is invited to attend the event on the corner of Caroline and Eveleigh streets, the scene of the infamous 2004 Redfern riots.
Snacks will be provided — all you have to do is bring a chair or a blanket to sit on while you watch the show.
"The Redfern community were so supportive while we were filming Redfern Now, they opened up their houses and businesses, rocked up as actors and basically let us run amok in their suburb," said Sally Riley, head of the ABC's indigenous department.
"The open-air screening on The Block is our way to say thank you and to celebrate the series and suburb where it was filmed."