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Factors and Fallacies in Urban Consolidation Introduction As proponents of urban consolidation and consolidated living continue to manifest in our society we must ensure that our acknowledgment of its benefits and the problems of its agitator sprawl do not hinder our caution over its continually changing objectives Definition Like much urban policy the potential benefits that urban consolidation and the urban village concept seek to offer are substantially undermined by ambiguous definition This ambiguity as expressed through a general lack of inter-governmental and inter-professional cohesion on this policy can best be understood in terms of individual motives AIUSH1991 State Governments participatory role in the reduction of infrastructure spending Urban Professionals recognition of the increased variability robustness and interest in both the urban area and their work Conservation Activists commendation of the lower consumption of resources and reduced pressure on sensitive environment areas suggestive of a reduction in urban sprawl The Development Industrys equations of profit established through better and higher levels of land use Essentially urban consolidation proposes an increase of either population or dwellings in an existing defined urban area Roseth1991 Furthermore the suburban village seeks to establish this intensification within a more specific agenda in which community is to be centred by public transport nodes and housing choice is to be widened with increased diversity of housing type Jackson1998 The underlying premise of this swing towards urban regeneration and the subsequent debate about higher-density development is the reconsideration of the suburban ideal and the negative social and environmental implications inherent in its continuation Johnson 1994 In reference to this regeneration is the encouragement of greater community participation a strengthening and broadening of urban life and culture and a halt to physical environmental and economic decline Hill1994 Myths and Misunderstanding The relative successes of practical solutions to the urban consolidation model are constrained within the assumptions underpinning them
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