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Smart Growth Isn't The Answer For Sydney

An opinion columnist argues that smart growth techniques will only hurt Sydney in the long run, turning it into a 'rat's nest.'
September 20, 2005, 5am PDT | Brenda Meyer
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"The policy of consolidation, sometimes also known as "smart growth", is international and enshrined in the State Government's Metropolitan Strategy. It is based on a number of false assertions that fly in the face of common sense or have been exposed as false by academic research. Yet they persist, for reasons we will consider later. But first let's look at those assertions.

...The result of all [the smart growth efforts] is the destruction of the traditional suburban way of life that has suited the vast majority of Sydneysiders. Governments have been assisted in this by certain planners and environmentalists antipathetic to that tradition, indeed contemptuous of the suburbs. They desire to change our cities into a green fantasy of Paris, in which cafes and bicycle paths play a big role. They speak of bringing the vibrancy of Manhattan to Sydney, and contrast this dream with the tedium of ordinary life in a freestanding house with a garden - a life that millions of immigrants have crossed the world to achieve."

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Published on Monday, September 19, 2005 in The Sydney Morning Herald
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