Incremental urban intensification: Transit-oriented re-development of small-lot corridors

Dovey, K, Pike, L and Woodcock, I 2017, 'Incremental urban intensification: Transit-oriented re-development of small-lot corridors', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 261-274.


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Title Incremental urban intensification: Transit-oriented re-development of small-lot corridors
Author(s) Dovey, K
Pike, L
Woodcock, I
Year 2017
Journal name Urban Policy and Research
Volume number 35
Issue number 3
Start page 261
End page 274
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The imperative to transform car-dependent cities for a low-carbon future requires that we engage with the challenge of increasing densities along existing road-based transit corridors - within the constraints of existing morphologies. Such corridors are often lined with small lots that are valued for their functional mix and urban character. This paper explores the degree to which small and narrow lots constrain urban intensification through a study of tram corridors in Melbourne. We examine the impact of site area, shape and access conditions as constraints on re-development and increased density. We find that small and narrow lots have not prevented intensification that is substantial in its accumulated effect and contributes more to urban character than large lot re-development. The paper discusses the relations of urban morphology to questions of car-dependency, development capacity and resident resistance.
Subject Urban Design
Urban Analysis and Development
Transport Planning
Keyword(s) compact city
density
Incremental
intensification
lot-size
morphology
transit-oriented
urban character
DOI - identifier 10.1080/08111146.2016.1252324
Copyright notice © 2016 Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research
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