This chapter examines traffic-related conflicts in Mosman, Toorak, and Cottesloe. Convenient access to the Central Business District has long been a major component of these suburbs’ allure and spatial privilege. But as gateways into Australia’s metropolitan centres, increasing levels of thoroughfare traffic—spilling into residential streets—are fuelling anger and active resistance. In the chapter, I examine how elite suburb residents mobilise their economic, social, and cultural capitals to ward off traffic from their roads. These transport politics reflect a tension inherent to the desire of Australian elites for a metropolitan position that offers them both access and privacy.
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