Victoria’s Planning Minister Justin Madden – of the ‘sham community consultation on the Windsor development‘ has been ‘rolled again’ announced Jon Faine yesterday on his ABC Vic. Morning Show.
The Opposition has blocked legislation on extending the urban sprawl and compromising the Green Wedge plan BUT it appears BOTH parties are prepared to continue this madness – they are just disagreeing on detail.
Immediate talkback texts to Jon Faine’s discussion of the party political posturing indicated there are plenty who regard this as planning madness by BOTH major parties.
Let’s talk, in a leisurely way that gives us time to reflect and learn, about the Australian quarter acre block dream and the lifestyle this suggests and let’s consider ideas such as ‘New Urbanism’ as seen through the eyes of US urban planning Professor Christopher Leinberger who says:
“This change can be witnessed in places like Atlanta, Georgia, Detroit, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas, where once rundown downtowns are being revitalized by well-educated, young professionals who have no desire to live in a detached single family home typical of a suburbia where life is often centered around long commutes and cars.
Instead, they are looking for ‘walkable urbanism’ – both small communities and big cities characterized by efficient mass transit systems and high density developments enabling residents to walk virtually everywhere for everything – from home to work to restaurants to movie theaters..
Suburbs always worked best for families, anyway, and apparently this trend stems from a demographic shift as much as from an environmental and financial one, as more Americans choose to remain childless for longer, and sometimes for life..
These people, as well as baby boomers trading the suburban life for an urban retired one, are driving the trend..
In recent years, a generation of young people, called the millennials, born between the late 1970s and mid-1990s, has combined with baby boomers to rekindle demand for urban living. Today, the subprime-mortgage crisis and $4-a-gallon gasoline are delivering further gut punches by blighting remote subdivisions nationwide and rendering long commutes untenable for middle-class Americans..
For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe this swing will continue. As it does, many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and ’70s-slums characterized by poverty, crime, and decay.””
Here is a powerpoint presentation from Prof Leinberger with ideas and a range of solutions to consider.