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Ideas for Australia: City v4.0, a new model of urban growth and governance for Australia

Jago Dodson writes in The Conversation (20.4.16) about new approaches to urban development and city governance, that prioritise low emission transport systems, more equitable access to housing and ‘network’-enabling infrastructure.

‘After three decades of market-driven urbanisation, our cities have become engines of social inequality. The rich have been lifted, inflating housing markets and capturing sites with the best government services and infrastructure and near to high-paid jobs.

‘The poor are displaced to cheaper distant sites where employment, infrastructure and services are lean. Our cities are socially divided. We’re doing little to redress these failures.

‘ … With the failures of past planning now apparent, the unruly threat of a damaged and depleting planet is ushering us toward a fourth era of urban restructuring. What urban futures await? What might “City v4.0” look like?’

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