Shopping centre-led regeneration: middle-ring town centres and suburban regeneration

Kristian Ruming, Kathy Mee, Pauline McGuirk, Jill Sweeney

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Regeneration is conventionally associated with inner-city environments. However the ageing of middle-ring suburbs has encouraged a new round of activities aimed at suburban regeneration, including mixed-use retailled regeneration focused on a town centre (Randolph and Freestone 2008; Ruming et al. 2010; Newton 2010). Such strategies involve strengthening the town centre through master planning retail redevelopment, improvements to public transport and the public domain, and increasing the density of housing around the shopping centre and transport hub. In the Australian context, this overlaps with a thrust for polycentric cities (more recently Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘30-minute city’) driven by the use retail development as a lever for the formation or revitalisation of a town centre, creating financing vehicles for public infrastructure investment and public domain improvements, providing employment opportunities, increasing housing supply (including affordable housing), and transit oriented development (Chapter 2).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban regeneration in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationpolicies, processes and projects of contemporary urban change
EditorsKristian Ruming
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781315548722, 9781317003496
ISBN (Print)9781472471635
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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