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Is labelling the outer suburbs as ‘job deserts’ helpful?

Is labelling the outer suburbs as ‘job deserts’ helpful?

Fringe suburbs have historically always had fewer jobs than workers. What policy makers should focus on is providing good transport links to the more central parts of the city where most of the employers want to be

Can the outer suburbs walk like the inner city?

Can the outer suburbs walk like the inner city?

Walking accounts for a large share of all trips in the inner city but translating that pattern to the outer suburbs isn't easy; there's more to it than simply increasing dwelling densities on the fringe

Does the typical outer suburban worker have a long commute?

Does the typical outer suburban worker have a long commute?

Another look at the claim the typical outer suburban commuter travels over an hour to get to work. More detailed data confirms again that the great majority commute for less than an hour

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.

Has spare infrastructure capacity in the inner city disappeared?

Has spare infrastructure capacity in the inner city disappeared?

The received wisdom is it costs much less to provide infrastructure for an inner suburban dwelling than for one in the outer suburbs. However, as I noted last time, we don’t know how big the difference is or even, for that matter, if it’s positive or negative – we simply lack reliable evidence. There are […]

Is living at density the same everywhere?

Is living at density the same everywhere?

A reader, Ian Woodcock, took me to task yesterday about my post on whether outer suburban families would willingly choose densities of 25-30 dwellings/Ha so they could walk to local shops and services. In particular, Ian reckons I invoked a straw man when I argued that “it can’t be assumed that merely increasing outer suburban housing […]

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 […]