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Ugly Duckling Suburb’s Transformation Throws Up Hurdles
The first steps to transform an industrial heartland into a residential hub on the doorstep of Sydney’s CBD have been taken with submissions closing for the Camellia-Rosehill Place Strategy. The initiative is a 20-year plan to redevelop an under-utilised, complex and toxic site that, nevertheless, has potential. The precinct includes 0 Comments
Greenfield Sector’s 33pc Sales Surge Drains Pipeline
Unprecedented levels of demand for new greenfield land pushed lot sales across Australia up by a third in 2021. The latest UDIA report, prepared alongside Corelogic and Research4, shows a record-breaking 76,100 lots sold across the combined capital cities last year. The demand has been fuelled by an influx of 0 Comments
“Planning scheme hierarchy no longer suitable to deliver a modern, innovative industrial estate”
BMI Group’s Rivermakers project—led by local rich lister Balfour Irvine—on the former Mobil Bulk Fuel Depot site at Morningside in Brisbane’s east is gearing up for its next phase of growth. It has lodged its masterplan with the Brisbane City Council to establish a precinct-based approach to the 30ha site 0 Comments
Aussie suburbs lead business creation
While Australia’s CBDs continue to complain about losing economic activity over the pandemic, Australia’s suburbs are powering ahead, leading business starts over the 2021 financial year. Full story here 0 Comments
Farmers Federation Names Top 20 Regions for Development
The National Farmers Federation wants 20 towns across Australia to be recognised as future development precincts to capitalise on growing regional populations and business opportunities. The group said it had created the list to garner support from the federal government, along with $1.4 billion in investment, to make the plans 0 Comments
CBD revival can’t be at the expense of the suburbs: mayors, business leaders
The sudden end of working-from-home arrangements and an emphasis on reviving the central business district could come at the expense of the gains made by suburban businesses during the pandemic, local mayors and business leaders warn. Major employers, from the NSW government to the Commonwealth Bank, have told staff to 0 Comments
The Best Sidewalk in North America
The best sidewalks share certain traits that make them welcoming, accessible, and socially active places. But the sheer variety of sidewalks means that there is always something to learn from them. And perhaps the fact that the sidewalks in so many communities are lacking means that getting them right is 0 Comments
Is suburbia’s global benchmark share of urban jobs 87%?
Research of 21 cities with modern western economies shows the benchmark share of metro wide jobs in CBDs to be an average of 13%. Which means 87% of citywide jobs are typically outside CBDs. Full story here 0 Comments
Suburban Offices Are Poised To Serve The New Hybrid Workforce
From location convenience to support easy commutes and schedule flexibility, to increased space for comfort and diversity in types of work areas, the suburban office is having a resurgence. Full story in Work Design Magazine here 0 Comments
Survival of the city: living and thriving in an age of isolation
Interview with Prof Ed Glaeser on Thursday, October 28,2021. Ed Glaeser joined Markus’ Academy for a lecture on “Triumph of the City: The Future of Urban Life and Work.” Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics and the Chairman of the Department of Economics at Harvard University, 0 Comments