Australia’s apparent addiction to high rises
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Reporter: Madeleine Morris
These comments are near the end of a ABC television story on short-term rentals in high rise condo buildings.
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Madeleine Morris :
Professor of Planning Michael Buxton agrees authorities need to
urgently deal with legislation governing short stays. But even more
importantly, he says, Australia needs to curb its apparent addiction to
high rises, which he believes don't create communities, just apartments
that are good for little else but short-stay rental.
It's catering to the needs of international investors and big
construction companies and building unions and lending authorities and
a body of vested interests who are now hooked into the high-rise model.
Doesn't necessarily work for us, but it works very well for them.
Professor Buxton states that high rise residental towers don't
create communities, just apartments that are good for little else but
Well, I think he exaggerates a little. They are also suitable for
post-secondary school students and as rental units for people who need
somewhere to live for a year or so.
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