Good Times, Hard Times: The Past and the Future in Elizabeth

Overview

Good Times, Hard Times is local history with a difference. Mark Peel presents a passionate view of a place where ordinary Australians built a new community and new lives, only to see them undermined by the profound economic and social changes that have accompanied our transition from the relative prosperity of the 1960s to the uncertainties of the 1990s. The South Australian town of Elizabeth stands as a powerful example for all such communities throughout Australia. Founded as a model town in the 1950s, ...
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Overview

Good Times, Hard Times is local history with a difference. Mark Peel presents a passionate view of a place where ordinary Australians built a new community and new lives, only to see them undermined by the profound economic and social changes that have accompanied our transition from the relative prosperity of the 1960s to the uncertainties of the 1990s. The South Australian town of Elizabeth stands as a powerful example for all such communities throughout Australia. Founded as a model town in the 1950s, Elizabeth has experienced the most important changes of modern Australia: the hopes and failures of postwar town planning and reconstruction; the flow of migrants and working people into new suburbs on the fringes of Australian cities; the impact of economic downturns on these people's fortunes in the 1970s and 1980s; the growth and decay of manufacturing; the changing attitudes of governments and other institutions to inequality and poverty. Mark Peel examines the structural roots of these changes, and his insight into the often devastating human consequences of economically driven decision-making gives the book its power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522846287
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Song of the Town Planner 13
A British tune 16
Plan or perish: planning after the Second World War 19
2 The City for Tomorrow: Planning Elizabeth 30
Homes for workers: the South Australian Housing Trust 32
'Balanced, happy social groups': laying out the City for Tomorrow 39
'Our greatest venture and most rewarding task': Elizabeth in 1960 55
3 A City for Industry 61
New town for a changed state: Elizabeth and the Playford Plan 62
Selling the industrial landscape 67
Problems of industrial location 73
4 Building a Community: the Limits of Middle-Class Elizabeth 85
Planning for social leadership 87
Establishing distance 94
The 'failure' of middle-class Elizabeth 102
5 The Workers' City 107
Better than we'd ever known: Elizabeth as our place 108
Women in the workers' city 121
Working men and the defence of the workers' city 134
The dilemma of the second generation 145
The strengths and limits of the workers' city 154
6 Restructuring the Workers' City 156
The end of prosperity 157
Restructuring the General 163
7 The Workers' City Falls 176
Lessons to be learned: planning moves on 176
'We have never seen our role this way': housing the poor 182
Elizabeth as a place for the poor 188
The workers' city splintered 197
8 Memories and Interventions: Shaping Elizabeth's Future 206
The valiant city 207
Facing the future of Elizabeth 211
Speaking for Elizabeth 229
Epilogue: Rosewood Village 234
Appendix: Elizabeth Statistics 239
Notes 248
Bibliography 274
Index 292
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