Urban density makes economies fiscally stronger

The ABC does it again… interviewing a New Urbanist that counts the enormous economic costs of suburbia which require so much subsidy that he now argues town planning is becoming a matter of government fiscal policy!

Australia has one of the fastest growing populations in the world. At 2.1% our growth rate is almost double the global average. That’s faster than many Asian countries, including India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Population researchers say with forecasts of 35 million people by 2050, a population policy is needed now. And of course that means more pressure than ever on our cities, especially when it comes to key infrastructure and housing. Jeb Brugmann is an urban sustainability expert and argues that Australia needs to get more creative with its approach to building cities and lifting urban density.

Urban density – Radio National Breakfast – 30 March 2010.

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