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What's wrong (and right) with

What's wrong (and right) with "suburban sprawl"?

Our major cities require a more sophisticated understanding of the role of fringe development in accommodating forecast growth than reflexively dismissing it out of hand as "sprawl"

City centre vs sprawl: is this a useful comparison?

City centre vs sprawl: is this a useful comparison?

This comparison by ABC News of living in the city centre with living in the fringe suburbs is long but it's ultimately unconvincing; it doesn't compare apples with apples

Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

Sprawl was the headline city planning issue for more than half a century, but its salience has faded over recent decades. Urban policy-makers need to reassess their priorities

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

There's a strong push to divert more metropolitan growth to regional cities, but the case hasn't been made that capital cities are "too big" or that it's the best strategy

Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?

Is sprawl a serious threat to food security?

We're often told suburban sprawl replaces agricultural land and is a serious threat to future food security, but the evidence suggests it's not such a big deal

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Is the urban fringe a jobless wasteland?

Inner city residents can access many more jobs than those who live in the outer suburbs. But it doesn't follow that sprawl means the urban fringe is a wasteland of economic opportunity

Can outer suburbs be more adaptable for future generations?

Can outer suburbs be more adaptable for future generations?

The Grattan Institute released a new report earlier this month, Building tomorrow’s suburbs, on how to make fringe suburbs more adaptable to future change.

Would a satellite city re-energise Ted Baillieu?

Would a satellite city re-energise Ted Baillieu?

The editorial in The Age yesterday, Mr Premier times are tough but you can leave your mark in the west, is one of the strangest opinion pieces I’ve seen in a long time. It’s so odd I wonder if its collateral damage from the current restructure at Fairfax. It ostensibly mirrors an accompanying feature, Faith […]

Why expand Melbourne's growth boundary?

Why expand Melbourne's growth boundary?

Victoria’s Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, has taken a pasting over his decision earlier this month to expand Melbourne’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) by 5,858 hectares, as recommended by the Logical Inclusions Advisory Committee he set up. The media point out this is the fourth time the UGB’s been expanded since it was promulgated in 2002. […]

Is sprawl undermining food security?

Is sprawl undermining food security?

Many observers are concerned urban sprawl is sterilising prime vegetable-growing land in the peri-urban areas around our major cities. For example, The Age’s editorialist, alarmed by reports the Bailleau Government is about “to extend suburban Melbourne to vegetable growing areas”, is seriously worried about food security. The paper says agricultural land in two outer suburbs in […]