Melbourne's transformation: Rustbelt to Renaissance

In the global recession of the early 1990s the Melbourne economy was battered more extensively than the rest of the Australia. The industrial heartland of the city contracted sharply which had a range of flow on economic effects. There was heavy migration out of the so-called rust-belt of Melbourne. Twenty years on Melbourne has emerged from the worst global recession since the Second World War in terrific shape. So what has changed?

In a paper to the Melbourne 2010 Knowledge Cities World Summit, SGS Principals Terry Rawnsley and Dr Marcus Spiller explain the role that spatial reforms have played in the transformation to a knowledge intensive economy, and set out a new generation of reforms and enhancements which must be embarked on if Melbourne is to continue to advance.

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