Shaping Melbourne's Future?: Town Planning, the State and Civil Society

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Land use planning policy receives much public attention: we are constantly reading about the funding for infrastructure, the revitalisation of commercial centres, the rapid rate of urban decay, gentrification of the inner cities, and the problem of the expanding urban fringe. This study examines the effects of town planning on the shape and structure of the Melbourne metropolitan area since the Second World War. It shows that Melbourne's planners have seldom achieved what they set out to do and describes the ...

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Overview

Land use planning policy receives much public attention: we are constantly reading about the funding for infrastructure, the revitalisation of commercial centres, the rapid rate of urban decay, gentrification of the inner cities, and the problem of the expanding urban fringe. This study examines the effects of town planning on the shape and structure of the Melbourne metropolitan area since the Second World War. It shows that Melbourne's planners have seldom achieved what they set out to do and describes the technocratic character of town planning in Victoria. Shaping Melbourne's Future? relates town planning and urban developments to the social and economic base which defines them, touching on the broader themes of history, sociology, geography and politics.

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Part I. Introduction: 1. Melbourne in the early 1990s; 2. Approach to the study; Part II. The Evolution of Melbourne and its Planning: 3. An historical perspective; 4. The early days: depression, war and recovery; 5. The 'Long Boom' and the 1954 planning scheme; 6. Transition and turbulence in the 'Whitlam years'; 7. The recession bites; 8. Strategies for coping or recovery; 9. Urban change and planning, 1929-1990; Part III. Structure and Agency in the Social Construction of Melbourne: 10. A socio-political perspective; 11. The activities of capital; 12. Communities, households and social movements: a countervailing force?; 13. The political parties, the state and the bureaucracies; 14. The built-environment professionals; 15. The legal and statutory framework; 16. Frameworks of power; Part IV. Space, Plans, Controls and Outcomes: 17. A geographical perspective; 18. The macro level: strategic planning intentions and outcomes for Melbourne as a whole; 19. The meso level: intentions and outcomes in two segments of the region; 20. The micro level: intentions and outcomes in localities; 21. Land-use planning and the social construction of built form; Part V. Conclusions and Summary: 22. Conclusions; 23. Summary; Bibliography; Index.

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