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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 4549-4563;

Sustainable Development Strategy for the Global City: A Case Study of Sydney

Globalization and Cities Research Program, University of Canberra, Bruce ACT 2601, Australia
Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 5 January 2015 / Revised: 3 April 2015 / Accepted: 13 April 2015 / Published: 16 April 2015
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Global cities, the command and control centres of the integrated world economy, are facing a sustainability paradox of greater global competition and greater environmental pressure. This study explores the policy approaches to the sustainability paradox by integrating environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness into the development strategy for “the global city”, based on a case study of Sydney. Dissecting Sustainable Sydney 2030, the strategy to guide the City’s development in the early 21st century, reveals the approaches used to achieve the integration. The approaches include green economy, sustainable redevelopment, integrated transport and connectivity, development of attractive public space, urban design for sustainable and good-looking urban form, marketisation of sustainability for a competitive edge, and a relational planning approach. Altogether they target mutually supportive benefits of environmental sustainability and economic competitiveness. The findings point out new directions for the City’s strategic development, and suggest a useful reference for counterpart global cities to address the common sustainability paradox. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental sustainability; economic competitiveness; global city; Sydney environmental sustainability; economic competitiveness; global city; Sydney

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