Constructing Suburbs: Competing Voices in a Debate Over Urban Growth

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Social Science - 195 pages
In the world of urban development, big projects seem to offer potential for effective planning, by allowing those involved to weigh multiple factors and provide integrated solutions over a broad area. But these projects, at least in the 1990s, are rarely the site of uncontested visions of the future. Governments are internally divided, nonprofessionals expect a voice in development, private sector actors have differing concerns, and financial and professional stakes are high. This pluralism is hardly new, but combined with large- scale contemporary environmental, economic and social changes, it creates a complicated context for development. Examining the debate between activists and professional planners over the vision of the future of a large growth corridor in Sydney, Australia, this case study maps the history of development from the late sixties to the mid-nineties, during which time serious environmental and financial problems arose.
 

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Contents

Big Projects in a Time of Uncertainty Facing the Future in a Contemporary Urban Development
21
Project History
25
Five Images of a Suburb Competing Perspectives on the Economy Environment and Family Life
39
Expansionists
42
Developers
47
Scientific Environmentalists
50
Local Environmentalists
53
Consolidationists
57
Water Quality
109
Alternatives to Growth
113
Planning and Change
119
Hard and Soft Privatization Unequal Impacts of Govemment Withdrawal
123
Rouse Hill Infrastructure Consortium
125
Rouse Hill Community Planning Team
132
Consorting and Teamwork
138
Community and Infrastructure
142

Similarities and Differences
60
Participants Observations of Difference
66
Visual Rhetorics in Growth Debates Sydneys Future as a Los Angeles Toronto or Canberra
73
ANOTHER LOS ANGELES AND A EUROPEAN TORONTO
75
DOING A CANBERRA Image Structure and Context
81
IMAGES AND ARGUMENTS
85
Formal Planning Processes The Privileged Language of Professional Planning
97
Formal Planning
98
Public Participation
102
Infrastructure Costs and Financing
104
Privatization and Planning
143
Urban Development and the Power of Ideas
147
People and Ideas
148
Public Interests and Rationality
150
Change and Responsibility
154
Abbreviations
161
CHRONOLOGY
163
References
167
Index
187
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