20 REASONS I HATE ‘URBAN RENEWAL’

6 08 2015

Inheritance

By Inheritance 2015, inheritance.org.au

They call it ‘Urban Renewal.’ The politicians love it, developers love it, foreign investors love it, my average neighbour doesn’t really want to know about it, but I hate it. And here are a few reasons why…

Urban Renewal is the reason I have to sit in traffic for 25 minutes just to get from one side of my suburb to the other. By car.

Urban Renewal is the reason I have to stand on the edge of the road for 10 minutes and then play chicken to get from one side to the other.

Urban Renewal is why I am forced to look up at overbearing nondescript cheaply constructed boxes of up to 10 stories high in suburban growth ghettos with inadequate parking, natural lighting and open space. Meanwhile affordable blocks of land and perfectly good houses are being swallowed up and kids have to…

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7 responses

6 08 2015
Anthony William O'brien

Some of the renewal is indeed nasty. Cheap, cheap, cheap and nasty. It could be good, in theory.

7 08 2015
Idiocracy

Urban Renewal is just politicospeak for Gentrification.

The underlying issue of course is the simple fact there’s just too damn many of us hairless bipedals running around on this pale blue dot. So rich a$$ho!es in black Q7’s simply have to rack, stack and pack other rich (or heavily indebetted) a$$ho!es into the concrete jungle, and all you poor locals can go to hell…

7 08 2015
rabidlittlehippy

I completely agree with you Idiocracy. Population is the big unspoken (and unspeakable?) basis of a great portion of many of our current issues.
Poorly built units will never adequately replace the quality built houses from yesteryear.

7 08 2015
mikestasse

Not that yesteryear’s housing were quality built……. while some have lasted 600 years or more, they are appalling to live in….. for the most part. As usual, i was mostly the elites who lived in quality housing way back then too…

7 08 2015
Anthony William O'brien

Population overshoot, absolutely.

7 08 2015
Nathan A

While acknowledging the ugliness of much of what is built these days, it’s hard to have sympathy for this person.
In all probability, their precious suburb once displaced key arable land or wilderness that was dear to the heart of the previous resident or custodian.
If it is an inner suburb, it may have once had a decent level of density, when 6 to 10 more people may have lived in a typical 1/4 acre house block. Today, that average figure is likely down to 4 or less, even with townhouse inbuilding.
Given that they mention their own children, perhaps they expect a growing population to be relegated to ever-growing exurbs.
Given that they seem wedded to their car for all daily activities, perhaps they might consider a walkable lifestyle, which is what dense urban development would ideally encourage (black Audi Q7s not withstanding). Suburbia was a short-lived, oil-driven fantasy with no parallel anywhere else in history, combining some urban amenity and some rural space. From now on, we have to choose – urban OR rural.
But the core problem here (other than sheer population growth) is that Australia seems determined to expand a handful of megacities rather than building small, tight, walkable urban centres connected by public transport and capable of being sustained by local agriculture.

10 08 2015
Shelley Hartman

Human overpopulation is the ultimate cause of global warming and species extinction

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