Melbourne is a large city, surrounded by many suburbs. Melbourne's many suburbs are often referred to as ‘urban sprawl'.
Over time, residential developments in Melbourne have moved further and further away from the central business district. This means that a lot of people have to travel long distances from their homes to their place of employment.
There is a benefit in making sure you and your parents live close to school or work. If you do not live far away, your car emissions will be reduced and you may even be able to walk or ride there!
Urban Villages provides a model for future urban development in Melbourne.
It takes into account the commercial, industrial, social, cultural and environmental characteristics of Melbourne and its position in relation to the rest of Victoria.
Urban Villages have a lot to say about moderating car usage and identifies many key areas for action, including: