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Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

A press report about a new urban fringe suburb plays to the stereotypes of sprawl but the critics seem to have little idea about what's really happening with new outer suburban developments

Are cul-de-sacs a dead end?

Are cul-de-sacs a dead end?

The New Urbanism hates cul-de-sacs – they’re emblematic of much that’s wrong with car-oriented suburban cities, including poor walkability, low transit provision, long travel distances, “excessive” demand for privacy, and even low social capital. I might be in a minority, but I’m an admirer of cul-de-sacs. They’ve been around for thousands of years for good […]

How much growth is going to the fringe?

How much growth is going to the fringe?

The Victorian Government set a target in its 2002 strategic plan, Melbourne 2030, that only 31% of new dwellings constructed between 2001 and 2030 would be located on outer suburban greenfield sites. In fact, it envisaged that by 2030, the proportion would have fallen to just 22%. This ambitious target reflected the conviction at the […]

How dense are Melbourne's outer suburbs?

How dense are Melbourne's outer suburbs?

The densities of new outer suburbs in Melbourne are increasing, driven not by regulation but by the changing tastes of buyers