“The Idea Of Creating A Liveable City At This Density Is Crazy.”

A comment about land development along the proposed $3 billion Broadway Subway?

No, it is a comment about over densification from high rise flats in Melbourne, Australia.

So how is Melbourne going to cope, transit wise? Build a subway?

No subway for Melbourne, as lawned tram track will do.

The hoary old density question, where in Vancouver the developer controlled Vision Vancouver are wantonly approving one tower after another, ignore serious transit and transportation issues, in favour of their land speculator friends make huge profits.

The comment; “The idea of creating a livable city at this density is crazy.”, makes one pause and say Hmmmm.

One question TransLink and the city of Vancouver fail to answer; “How is a pygmy sized $3 billion subway going to cure congestion on Broadway?”

The answer sadly is that it is not and will instead become a rather expensive White Elephant, like the Canada Line, consuming transit dollars better spent elsewhere in the Metro Vancouver area.

 

 

Melbourne’s Southbank to get green makeover after years of high-density development

Melbourne City Council plans to spend $35 million greening up one of the city’s most densely populated suburbs, Southbank, with space for farmers markets, music festivals, bike lanes and green tram tracks.

The draft concept plan would create a critical neighbourhood space for the inner-city suburb which has grown in population from 15,603 in 2013 to almost 20,000 this year.

During three stages of construction the revamp will include more than one kilometre of dedicated bike lanes and upgraded tram and bus stops.

There will be extensive planting of a new trees and the potential for “green” tram tracks.

“The new public open spaces and neighbourhood parks we’re creating in Southbank will improve public amenity for the 20,000 residents and 50,000 office workers in the city’s most densely populated suburb,” Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said in a statement.

 

According to the council, 96 per cent of Southbank residents live in high-rise apartments with little access to outdoor space.

The population is forecast to grow by 175 per cent over the next 15 years.

A Churchill Fellowship report published in 2015 heavily criticised city planners for the level of development that had been allowed in the area.

“This cluster of towers would never be built in New York,” New York chief sustainability officer Gary Lawrence was quoted as saying in the report.

“Citizens wouldn’t like the intensity of the ground cover (the tower footprints) because city people are walkers.

“The idea of creating a liveable city at this density is crazy.”

The State Government announced a planning overhaul in the same year, introducing controls of amenity and density in the City of Melbourne for the first time.

 

Plan includes 2.5 hectares of new public space

The area is also home the National Gallery of Victoria, Victorian College of the Arts, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Recital Centre and the ABC’s Melbourne office.

Mr Doyle said the planned works would create 2.5 hectares of new public space and revitalise an area of the city.

“The new public space planned for the front of the ABC alone would be roughly the same size as the City Square,” he said.

“Dodds Street will be remade into a public space that can cater for everything from street performances to farmers markets and medium-scale music festivals at the doorstep of the Victorian College of the Arts.”

 

The plan will see the number of traffic lanes reduced in the area.

Chair of the council’s environment portfolio, Councillor Cathy Oke, said the project was part of an ongoing plan to turn asphalt in Melbourne into environmentally friendly gardens and open spaces.

“Green spaces reduce stormwater volumes, reduce the impact of development on ecosystems, increase biodiversity, provide habitats for wildlife, keep our soil moist and reduce the urban heat island effect,” she said.

A community meeting will be held on July 18 to consider the concept plans.

The council hopes the overall project will be completed by 2020.

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