Little streets in small cities: the role of laneway activation in regional Queensland CBD revitalisation

Dillon, Megan (2013) Little streets in small cities: the role of laneway activation in regional Queensland CBD revitalisation. [USQ Project]


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Laneway activation has become a popular CBD revitalisation strategy in Australia, with many cities attempting to replicate the highly publicised success of Melbourne’s laneway activation efforts. Small cities attempting to implement laneway activation, though, only have the experiences of large cities for guidance, as there is a dearth of academic research scrutinising laneway activation. This raises the question of whether or not policies and strategies developed for large cities can be successfully adapted for small city laneway networks.

The aim of this dissertation is to investigate the role of laneway activation in small-scale CBD revitalisation. To this end, the available literature was first analysed before a comparative analysis of laneway networks in six regional Queensland CBDs was undertaken. One of these cities – Mackay – was further analysed as a case study in an attempt to gauge the potential for activation and develop a laneway activation strategy suitable for a small city.

This mixed method research revealed that small cities in regional Queensland have outlined broad plans for laneway activation. The available literature indicates some of the large city inspired aspects of these plans would be ineffectual. It was concluded that small cities should take a gradual approach to laneway activation and CBD revitalisation by making incremental improvements to existing networks. The outcomes of this research thereby suggest laneway activation has potential to play a small role in small-scale CBD revitalisation.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Basson, Marita
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 06:58
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2014 01:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: laneway activation; cbd revitalisation; regional Queensland
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440699 Human geography not elsewhere classified
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330411 Urban design

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