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Articles by Alan Davies

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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it full steam ahead for Melbourne Metro (or is it hot air)?

The Victorian government says it has resumed planning for the Melbourne Metro originally begun when John Brumby was Premier. But is the government really in a position to build it?

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Are bicycle freeways the way cycling should be headed?

Glamorous proposals for dedicated cycling infrastructure seem to be all the go but they’re not the best way forward. Lots of dull and boring – but safe – bike paths are mostly what’s needed

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Why has Sydney’s density been falling for 150 years?

In the middle of the nineteenth century Sydney was denser than Manhattan, but while the latter’s population density continued to increase, peaking in 1910, Sydney’s fell sharply after 1861

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More overreach on the problem of high-rise towers?

Another week, another negative story from Fairfax on the ‘problem’ of high-rise residential towers. There’s a need for better planning but there’s also a need for better public debate

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Womens Agenda

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