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ALAN DAVIES | March 04, 2015 | ARCHITECTURE & BUILDINGS | 2 |

Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Melbourne’s new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It’s an exciting project but a lot more could’ve been done in this premier location

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ALAN DAVIES | March 03, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 7 |

Is lack of investment in trains why the inner city is so expensive?

Property prices have risen much faster in the inner city than the outer suburbs over the last 30 years. One theory is that under-investment in rail connecting the suburbs to the CBD is the culprit

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ALAN DAVIES | March 02, 2015 | CYCLING | 43 |

What to do about cyclists getting doored?

The tragic death last week of a cyclist on Melbourne’s Sydney Rd highlights the need to make cycling on streets safer. One possible action is to give cyclists greater rights on some roads

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ALAN DAVIES | February 28, 2015 | GIVEAWAYS AND COMPETITIONS | 63 |

Book giveaway!! The Grattan Institute’s City Limits

Thanks to MUP, I have two copies of the Grattan Institute’s fascinating new book, City Limits: why Australia’s cities are broken and how to fix them, to give away to readers of The Urbanist.

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ALAN DAVIES | February 27, 2015 | MISCELLANEOUS | 2 |

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in February

A list of the articles published on The Urbanist in the last month and a half, ranging across cycling, trains, trams, art, architecture, driving, skyscrapers, apartments, and much more

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ALAN DAVIES | February 26, 2015 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 28 |

Why do travellers prefer trains and light rail to buses?

New research confirms what we pretty much already know; travellers generally prefer rail-based modes of public transport to buses. The challenge is to convince them buses are a good choice

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ALAN DAVIES | February 24, 2015 | ARCHITECTURE & BUILDINGS | 3 |

Is UTS’s new “Gehry” a smart way to market a university?

The fabulous new entry into bricks and glass marketing by Sydney’s University of Technology – the Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building – is about to open for business

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ALAN DAVIES | February 23, 2015 | AIRPORTS & AVIATION | 23 |

Is Daniel Andrews right to ignore airport rail?

A train to Melbourne Airport would be more comfortable than SkyBus and one day it’ll no doubt be needed, but the Victorian Premier is right; there are much more pressing priorities for the scarce public dollar

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ALAN DAVIES | February 20, 2015 | MISCELLANEOUS | 5 |

Should the census be conducted every 10 years?

There’s a good argument for a 10 year census cycle but not next year and not because of current financial problems. This is an important decision; it needs to be debated thoroughly.

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ALAN DAVIES | February 19, 2015 | HOUSING | 28 |

Swedish Rent Control experience a warning for Sydney

In response to suggestions that rent increases in Sydney should be regulated, guest writer Peter Vella discusses Sweden’s experience with rent control. Be careful what you wish for, he cautions

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