Pop-up shops: are they the solution or problem?

Soon after it first opened in 2000, the Italian Forum development was a thriving part of Leichhardt which featured an attractive and spacious open-air plaza ringed by restaurants and shops. You could enjoy an authentic Italian meal or gelato from any of the restaurants which circled the entire plaza, or shop for the latest fashions.…

Are granny flats a housing solution?

Sydney property owners are making big money out of their backyards, with the number of granny flats and new dual occupancy developments jumping by nearly 20 per cent in just one year. The latest NSW Government Local Development Performance Monitoring 2012-13 report was released earlier this month and gives an important health check into the…

High-rise has always had its NIMBYs

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the phrase ‘NIMBY’ – meaning a ‘Not in My Backyard’ resident activist – first appeared in the early 1980s. For this reason, many people assume that neighbourhood action groups – who fight development in their street or suburb – are a relatively recent phenomenon. It’s an assumption which is wrong.…