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Urban Consolidation and the Family

The Australian Government has recently adopted a policy of urban consolidation in an attempt to curb environmental stress in cities. The policy has been justified on social grounds, and it is claimed that a more compact city would result in social as well as environmental benefits. This chapter critically assesses the turnaround in Australian urban policy and its implications for the family and community: it discusses the advantages, in social terms, of the traditional Australian city; the reasons and justifications for a shift in policy: and the likely effect on urban social issues as such a policy is pursued.