Empty Streets Melbourne Revisited by Martin Rowland

26 Sep

Melbourne was established in the early 1850’s after the discovery of gold. It grew very quickly and became one of the richest cities in the world. As time has passed however, Melbourne has continued to grow and instead of the compact urban form enjoyed by many European cities it is dominated by sprawl. Continuous growth in population has seen huge demand for residential land. As land values have increased so too has pressure on industrial land to be redeveloped for housing. It is a compelling problem because the displacement of employment for residential purposes begs the question “where will people work and how will they get there?”.  And surely it isn’t just the architecture that is being displaced… These are empty streets.

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