Is the suburban dream still alive in Australia? Evidence from Brisbane

Willing, Roxanne and Pojani, Dorina (2017) Is the suburban dream still alive in Australia? Evidence from Brisbane. Australian Planner, 1-13. doi:10.1080/07293682.2017.1296875


Author Willing, Roxanne
Pojani, Dorina
Title Is the suburban dream still alive in Australia? Evidence from Brisbane
Journal name Australian Planner   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0729-3682
2150-6841
Publication date 2017-03-06
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07293682.2017.1296875
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract In view of major contemporary concerns about urban sprawl and related externalities, this article investigates the motivations of suburban residents for choosing this lifestyle, their level of satisfaction with a low-density, car-oriented environment, and their potential interest in embracing alternative living arrangements (i.e. compact urban settings). Interviews conducted in Brisbane, Australia, reveal that the suburban dream is still very alive. A number of factors, including life stage (i.e. the child-rearing stage), lifestyle (preference for ‘peace and quiet’), space (i.e. large home and garden), affordability (i.e. exorbitant house prices in the inner city), and tradition (i.e. the Australian Dream), negatively influence suburbanites’ intention to pursue urban living. A few factors, including accessibility and, to a lesser extent, environmental consciousness and amenity (i.e. lack of safety concerns in the inner city, public transport orientation, and the good quality of city schools), positively influence people’s interest in pursuing compact urban living. Overall, the results are discouraging in terms of Australia’s urban sustainability outlook.
Keyword Suburbs
Suburban living
Behavioural studies
Cultural aspects
Brisbane, Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 07 Mar 2017, 09:58:35 EST by Dorina Pojani on behalf of School of Earth and Environmental Sciences