A PLANNING expert warns there will be “hell to pay” if the looming threat of multi-storey apartment blocks in Dandenong’s established residential streets isn’t curbed by planning zone changes.
Residents have called The Journal in recent weeks concerned that their predominantly single-storey neighbourhoods in Grace Avenue, MacPherson Street and in Dandenong West will turn into medium-rise ghettos.
I find it hard not to laugh at the word ghetto. I would think that ghettoes are defined by deteriorating building stock, neglect and a systemic lack of opportunity and social mobility for the residents in an area, not by the height or density of buildings! (Or else, the most liveable areas of inner Melbourne would also need to be called ghettoes.)