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ALAN DAVIES | September 02, 2015 | EDUCATION, JUSTICE, HEALTH | 1 |

Do super-sized supermarkets cause obesity?

A study comparing eight countries concludes there’s a very strong correlation between obesity and the size of supermarkets. The authors suggest large supermarkets emphasise quantity over quality

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ALAN DAVIES | September 01, 2015 | CYCLING | 9 |

Is it just vehicles or are MAMILs killing themselves too?

Cycling fatalities are declining in Australia in absolute terms and especially in “real” terms. But MAMILs beware; a new study finds almost a third of all deaths while cycling are from natural causes

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ALAN DAVIES | August 31, 2015 | PLANNING | 5 |

Is the planning of new fringe suburbs getting better?

A press report about a new urban fringe suburb plays to the stereotypes of sprawl but the critics seem to have little idea about what’s really happening with new outer suburban developments

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ALAN DAVIES | August 27, 2015 | GIVEAWAYS AND COMPETITIONS | 30 |

Book giveaway! ‘Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities’

Thanks to Monash University Publishing, I have two copies of the brilliant Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities to give away to readers of The Urbanist. Entries close in one week

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ALAN DAVIES | August 26, 2015 | EDUCATION, JUSTICE, HEALTH | 11 |

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

A new US study finds that mode share and accessibility by public transport aren’t correlated significantly with health outcomes. If the study’s right, how could that be?

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ALAN DAVIES | August 25, 2015 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 6 |

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

Car use grew rapidly in Australia in the immediate post-war era. By 1976 cars accounted for 70% of all commutes across the nation’s capital cities. It had all the hallmarks of an irresistible force

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ALAN DAVIES | August 24, 2015 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 5 |

Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

The standard of public debate around infrastructure projects seems to be constantly beset by misinformation around costs and revenues; there’s little to suggest it’s going to get better

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ALAN DAVIES | August 20, 2015 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 14 |

Has an acceptable case been made for this (road) project?

Victoria’s Auditor-General reckons the Government hasn’t properly assessed the unsolicited proposal from toll operator Transurban for the widening of CityLink and Tullamarine freeways

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ALAN DAVIES | August 19, 2015 | MANAGEMENT | 8 |

Is being “the world’s most liveable city” such a big deal?

Yet again The Economist’s Global Liveability Index is dominated by Australasian and Canadian cities, but it says little about their differences or what they’re like to live in permanently

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ALAN DAVIES | August 17, 2015 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 4 |

How popular were trains, trams and cycling in 1951?

Back in 1951, public transport still dominated the journey to work in Australian cities. For example, it accounted for more than half of work trips in Melbourne; only 20% of workers commuted by car

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