Clearing Stock of The Invisible: Effects of Cosmopolitan Power on the Supply of Affordable Housing

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Conference Proceeding
AMPS Proceedings Series 7, 2016, pp. 83 - 92
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Spatio-temporal imbalances in the pace of globalized competition and development have resulted in a demanding requirement for affordable housing in Australia’s undersupplied and entrenched communities further segregated from their more able neighbors. Neoliberal governance and planning policies exerts an even higher burden on non-governmental actors in remediating the discord in supply and demand with developers commanding a dominant position to negotiate more lucrative arrangements, reducing or negating their requirements in delivering target ratios of affordable housing in new developments. Through an examination of the spatial extents of the Barangaroo precinct development in its privileged position on the waterfront in Sydney and its submitted documentation, this paper finds an increasing chasm for the urban poor attempting to integrate into Sydney Global City, arguing for a re-evaluation of housing policy to shift the local condition from exclusive enclaves to cohesive social landscapes in an increasingly image-driven cosmopolitan machine.
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