West Real Estate, The West Australian

Stepping out of the comfortable and familiar surroundings of one’s suburb can be both interesting and confusing at the same time. Navigating your way through streets filled to the brim with cul-de-sacs in one part of Perth and endless stop signs the next – recognising these different suburb patterns can tell a lot more about a suburb’s age and history than initially meets the eye.

Urban Development Institute of Australia WA CEO Tanya Steinbeck said suburbs and street networks followed social, economic and demographic trends.

“Since the end of WWII, suburbs and street networks in Australia have increasingly been designed around the car and the ability for people to drive from place to place,” she said.

To read the article in full, including Tanya’s timeline of suburban growth, click here.