“Mr. Covid has been the best city and regional planner Australia has ever had. The suburbs will shine and regions will grow. Maybe we should forget about big city infrastructure projects for a while and spend it on our future resilient communities where people look out for each other.”
So said a senior Australian town planner recently. Illusions of highly centralised economies with exalted CBD temples of privilege and wealth have been smashed by Covid-19, and in their place is emerging a new age of suburbia for suburban and regional centres.