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ALAN DAVIES | January 21, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 25 |

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

The great majority of commuters in Australia’s major cities work in locations where public transport is so uncompetitive relative to cars they’re prepared to pay a big premium to drive.

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ALAN DAVIES | January 20, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | |

Future transport: what can we learn from New Zealand?

Many long term strategic plans for Australian cities say little about the future they’re actually planning for. Policy makers could learn a lot from New Zealand’s Future Transport project

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ALAN DAVIES | January 19, 2015 | HOUSING | 6 |

Apartment living: are regulators keeping up?

Complaints about smoking on apartment balconies highlight the failure of regulators to address the special problems of the growing proportion of Australians who live in multi-unit housing

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ALAN DAVIES | January 15, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 8 |

Is driving reaching the end of the road in Sydney?

New data shows Sydneysiders are making fewer car trips. One possible explanation is they’re using the internet more for routine personal and work-related business tasks instead of driving

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ALAN DAVIES | January 14, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 16 |

Is Sydney’s new light rail line about saving the planet?

Sydney’s new CBD and South East light rail line shows that emission reductions are usually only a small component of the benefits of multi-billion dollar public transport investments

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ALAN DAVIES | January 13, 2015 | PLANNING | 2 |

Population density: is Sydney an outlier?

When it comes to precincts of very high population density in Australia there’s only Sydney and Melbourne; well, there’s really only Sydney – it’s “another country” in terms of close living

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ALAN DAVIES | January 12, 2015 | CYCLING | 24 |

Cycling: how do Australian cities compare with Paris?

They’re considerably less dense and lack decent bike share, but the inner parts of Australia’s major capitals have surprisingly high cycling mode shares approaching the level of central Paris

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ALAN DAVIES | December 24, 2014 | BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS | 4 |

Want a good novel to read over the holiday season?

It’s Christmas so here’re some suggestions for good novels to read over the holidays. There’s historical fiction, speculative fiction, humour, science, and even a novel about a town planner

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ALAN DAVIES | December 23, 2014 | MISCELLANEOUS | 1 |

What were the most-read articles in 2014?

A “top-20” list of those articles published by The Urbanist that attracted the largest numbers of readers over the course of 2014, from trains to bicycles, architecture, motorways, and much more

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ALAN DAVIES | December 22, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 65 |

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today – say in a city such as Sydney – would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult

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