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Save Our Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
News Release July 2005

Article Published

Hi SOS Members

As a result of a contact established by a member of Save Our Suburbs in Victoria, I have had an article entitled "PIPE DREAMS: THE SHORTCOMINGS OF IDEOLOGICALLY BASED PLANNING" published in the authoritative Monash University quarterly journal "People and Place", volume 13 no 2.

The editors’ precis states: "The planning authorities in Sydney have justified their emphasis on urban consolidation in large part because of the alleged benefits of relieving congestion. A review of experiences of metropolises overseas reveals this is a pipe dream. Urban consolidation in Sydney will add to congestion because there is no consequent link with greater public transport use."

I challenge the reality of claims of the high-density advocates that urban consolidation policies will improve traffic congestion, the cost and choice of housing, sustainability or social networks. I urge that future generations be able to enjoy the same high quality of life and choices that have been available to present generations and urge that planning decisions be rationally made, preferably on a long-term cost-benefit basis. I suggest the range of possible planning decisions so considered should include decentralisation.

The editors tell me that Sydney Sustainability Commissioner Professor Peter Newman has been invited to respond.

The current People and Place issue is being distributed to subscribers this week.

Other articles in the issue include:

RAMPANT MISATTRIBUTED PATERNITY: THE CREATION OF AN URBAN MYTH

LABOR’S SHRINKING CONSTITUENCY

THE IMPACT ON AUSTRALIAN FERTILITY OF WANTING ONE OF EACH

‘IT’S LIKE WE’RE THEIR CULTURE’: SECOND-GENERATION MIGRANT WOMEN DISCUSS AUSTRALIAN CULTURE

AUSTRALIAN AMBITIONS: POPULATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

COSMOPOLITANS AND PATRIOTS: AUSTRALIA'S CULTURAL DIVIDE AND ATTITUDES TO IMMIGRATION

The issue can be ordered from Sue.Drummond@arts.monash.edu.auor the journal can be read in libraries that subscribe to it. My article is of course subject to the publisher's copyright. It can be obtained on its own on http://elecpress.monash.edu.au/pnp/view/issue/?volume=13&issue=2.

Tony Recsei

President, Save Our Suburbs

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