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ALAN DAVIES | July 27, 2014 | HOUSING | 6 |

Are city centre apartment towers the “slums of the future”?

One of the most persistent and widespread criticisms of city centre apartment towers is they’ll inevitably be “the slums of tomorrow”. But does the claim hold up on closer examination?

ALAN DAVIES | July 24, 2014 | HOUSING | 33 |

Seriously, does even storage in new apartments need to be regulated?

The Victorian Government Architect is proposing a mandatory design standard for apartments. But it’s not all milk and honey; it’ll lower housing supply, raise costs and reduce housing choice

ALAN DAVIES | July 22, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 16 |

Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan a secret?

The Victorian Government says it can’t release the business plan for the East West Link because it would bid up tenderers’ costs. But the Productivity Commission says that’s nonsense

ALAN DAVIES | July 20, 2014 | MISCELLANEOUS | 2 |

Time to seize the Australian Century

Guest writer Asher Judah says the the global middle class is invigorating Australia’s prosperity like a second gold rush era. But this time it’s being powered by an “archipelago” of world class mines, gas wells, farms and coastal metropolises

ALAN DAVIES | July 17, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 39 |

Can the Greens’ tram plan be taken seriously?

The Victorian Greens are promising to extend Melbourne’s tram network in the run up to the State election, but the party has no business plan and has seriously underestimated the cost

ALAN DAVIES | July 16, 2014 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 6 |

The bridge: does it have to carry cars to be successful?

A new car-free bridge in Brisbane shows that strategically selected investment in bus, bicycle and walk infrastructure can have a huge effect on how people travel and where they choose to live

ALAN DAVIES | July 10, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 16 |

Should Labor repudiate Melbourne’s East West Link?

Victorian Labor’s argument that it must accept a signed contract for the proposed East West Link if it wins this year’s State election gets weaker as the November 29 2014 election date gets closer

ALAN DAVIES | July 09, 2014 | HOUSING | 1 |

Is NSW keeping up with Victoria on housing supply?

Over the last four years a whopping 61% more dwellings were built in Victoria than in NSW. The Premier State needs to find ways to increase dwelling supply and improve affordability

ALAN DAVIES | July 06, 2014 | HERITAGE | 22 |

Lost heritage: is this all we’ve got to show for it?

Australian cities lost many magnificent heritage buildings to demolition over the last 100 years; in too many cases we’ve got far too little today to show for the losses

ALAN DAVIES | July 03, 2014 | PLANNING | 11 |

Tea Party planning: do the ends justify the means?

Objectors increasingly cite town planning concerns as reasons to oppose new developments. But as opposition to a mosque in Bendigo shows, it’s often about the ‘who’ rather than the ‘what’


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