Maintenance of the public realm in the face of rapid inner city densification: a case study of West End in Brisbane, Australia

Walters, Peter and McCrea, Rod (2011). Maintenance of the public realm in the face of rapid inner city densification: a case study of West End in Brisbane, Australia. In: W. Nicholls, RC21: The struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings. Annual RC21 Conference 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (1-14). 7-9 July 2011.

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Author Walters, Peter
McCrea, Rod
Title of paper Maintenance of the public realm in the face of rapid inner city densification: a case study of West End in Brisbane, Australia
Conference name Annual RC21 Conference 2011
Conference location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference dates 7-9 July 2011
Proceedings title RC21: The struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Research Committee 21 (RC21)
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor W. Nicholls
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In this paper, we use data from fifty interviews with residents of West End, an inner city neighbourhood of Brisbane, Australia, to explore opposition to the rapid densification of the area under Brisbane City Council’s inner urban renewal project, the River City Blueprint. Rather than focus on resistance to these plans as expressed in terms of threats to everyday amenity, such as traffic, parking, overcrowding, noise and overshadowing; our attention is focused on participants’ concerns about threats to what they see as a unique social environment. This is not the parochial or communitarian form of community but, rather, what residents perceive as an inner city community of diversity and tolerance, played out in a strong public realm with a tangible commons. It is the preservation of this public realm that will be explored in this paper, using residents’ own suggestions of how high density development might undermine it, but also how such development might proceed in a more sympathetic way against the backdrop of developer and planning interests in this illustrative inner city suburb.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Session 12: Belonging, exclusion, public and quasi-­‐public space

 
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