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“They have good intentions”. Young People's Experiences of Living in Melbourne's Peri-Urban Areas

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Based on the experiences of young people growing up in Melbourne's peri-urban areas, this article argues that while their sense of well-being is shaped in part by their built environment, a physically deterministic policy approach is an insufficient response to the projected population growth in these areas. Policy makers should investigate the concept of social cohesion as a superior basis for their thinking.
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Keywords: Melbourne; Social cohesion; peri-urban areas; young people

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: RMIT University, School of Social Science and Planning, Melbourne, Australia 2: Strategic Policy and Research Division, Department for Victorian Communities, Melbourne, Australia

Publication date: 2005-12-01

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