Proposed developments in Brisbane illustrate the scale of urban consolidation.
flickr/Brisbane City Council
In the media, urban consolidation is often depicted as a threat to Australian suburban life. In reality, it's a result of managed planning processes to ensure growing cities remain liveable.
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