Threshold Analysis of Two Potential Metropolitan Growth Corridors: A Melbourne Case Study

Jim Smith

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[Extract] Threshold analysis is probably best summed up as being a relatively simple
technique which has limited aims and capabilities in plan evaluation or plan
generation. It is by no means a new technique: its origins lie in work in Poland in
the early 1960s, and during the years since then it has been used in at least
twenty-two countries. After the initial enthusiasm for the technique waned,
realism came to the fore following several studies, and in the late-1960s critics took
a very severe look at its limitations. However, a well-balanced, prescriptive
technique, which does not overstate or exaggerate its own contribution to the
planning process, has emerged from this process. Users are now in a better
position to understand the aims, objectives, procedures and possibilities in
applying the technique, and of knowing the most appropriate conditions for using
the technique, than at any prev
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200
Number of pages214
JournalTown Planning Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1982


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