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Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

It's a truism that development costs are much higher on the urban fringe than in inner areas. But there's little evidence the claim still holds and good reason to think it's no longer the case

Is this suburban townhouse development too much?

Is this suburban townhouse development too much?

Smaller projects in established suburbs are a key way of increasing housing supply but are often problematic because of their impact on existing residents; considerate design and scale is crucial

Is unused infrastructure capacity in the inner suburbs all used up?

Is unused infrastructure capacity in the inner suburbs all used up?

The idea that there's ample unused infrastructure capacity in established suburbs to support higher density housing is probably a myth.

Are lots smaller in the outer suburbs than in the inner suburbs?

Are lots smaller in the outer suburbs than in the inner suburbs?

The Financial Review (paywalled) reported on Saturday that the average house sold within 10 km of the CBD in Melbourne is located on a 511 m2 block, according to data collected by property information provider, RP Data. Of course there is considerable variation in property types within that average. Houses in the inner city (0-5 […]

Why 'spare infrastructure capacity' is exaggerated

Why 'spare infrastructure capacity' is exaggerated

Are claims of spare infrastructure capacity in the inner suburbs real? The Age reports that there were almost 30,000 more people living in Coburg and Pascoe Vale in 1976 than there are now (The Outer Limits). The paper quotes the former Mayor of the City of Moreland, who says that increasing the population density in […]