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The Social Outcomes of Urban Consolidation in Sydney

This research report examines what kinds of people are living in the different dwelling types constituting medium- and high-density housing ; defines and describes the housing sub-markets that exist in attached housing , and outlines the further research needed. It is divided into four sections. It starts by reviewing recent research concerning the effect of urban consolidation on the housing choices of those living in Sydney . The second part examines the characteristics of the dwelling stock in Sydney and how these have changed over the period 1991-2001. The third section analyses data from the 1991 and 2001 Censuses of Population and Housing in Sydney to identify the characteristics of people living in the different types of dwelling making up medium- and high-density residential development in Sydney. The fourth part uses factor analysis to define and locate housing sub-markets in attached dwellings. There is a companion Issues Paper (Bunker, Holloway & Randolph, 2005) which examines policy provisions regarding attached dwellings contained in the emerging metropolitan strategy for Sydney , and comments on their implications in terms of housing provision and social impacts.

The data and analyses presented in the Research Paper have been used as the basis for publications by the authors in Housing Studies called ‘Building the Connection Between Housing Needs and Metropolitan Planning in Sydney, Australia' (Vol. 20, No. 5, September 2005, pp.771-794), and Australian Planner titled ‘The Expansion of Urban Consolidation in Sydney: Social Impacts and Implications' (Vol. 42, No.3, September 2005, pp. 16-25).

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The Social Outcomes of Urban Consolidation in Sydney


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