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Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it's a whole new world?

Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it's a whole new world?

Alan DaviesMay 24, 20161 Comment

First we had a Federal Minister for Cities, now we have a state Minister for Suburban Development; but the early indications are that both initiatives are more about politics than policy

Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?

Is the suburban quarter-acre block a myth?

Alan DaviesMay 23, 20163 Comments

The idea that Australians sprawl across the suburban landscape on massive "quarter acre" lots is common but it's a myth and was never true in the modern era

Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne

Fantasy tram map 2048, Melbourne

Alan DaviesMay 19, 20167 Comments

Here's a parallel universe "fantasy" vision of what Melbourne's tram network could look like in 30 years time given more money and more acceptance from motorists

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Is "denser than Singapore" too dense for Sydney?

Alan DaviesMay 18, 20169 Comments

The City of Sydney reckons the NSW Government wants to redevelop Waterloo at a density "greater than anything in Singapore". Turns out Council's fear of density is ill-founded

Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?

Why was cycling for transport slow to get moving?

Alan DaviesMay 17, 20161 Comment

Cycling as a means of transport was largely ignored by policy-makers in Australian cities until relatively recently but the work of early activists like the late Alan Parker was crucial

Is academia researching the urban issues that matter?

Is academia researching the urban issues that matter?

Alan DaviesMay 16, 201614 Comments

A starter list of practical and pressing issues facing cities that don't seem to get nearly enough attention from Australian university researchers

What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

Alan DaviesMay 12, 2016

Architecture awards could provide valuable insight into what it takes to create excellence but it seems they're mostly about keeping up professional appearances

Is it time our cities got Cycle Superhighways?

Is it time our cities got Cycle Superhighways?

Alan DaviesMay 11, 20168 Comments

The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is promising to follow in the tracks of Boris Johnson and build more Cycle Superhighways. It's time we did too

What's the cost of cycling vs driving?

What's the cost of cycling vs driving?

Alan DaviesMay 10, 20165 Comments

The social costs of cycling are much lower than those of driving but according to a recent Danish study it's not because of reduced pollution or emissions

Is decentralisation the answer to cities that are

Is decentralisation the answer to cities that are "too big"?

Alan DaviesMay 9, 20168 Comments

Regional development and decentralisation are rhetorical favourites of Australian politicians but they're really promoting regional sprawl over suburban sprawl