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Articles by Alan Davies

Is driving quicker than taking the train?

Policy-makers should take a sober look at these numbers. On average, journeys made by car in Sydney are much faster than journeys made by train; they’re a long way from being substitutes for each other

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Does place matter for the life prospects of children?

New research suggests that where children grow up has a big influence on their life chances. Improving the life prospects of children living in poverty requires early intervention

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Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

Refusing to build a station in busy Sth Yarra as part of its promised Melbourne Metro rail line seems counter to good planning practice and looks politically risky for the Andrews Government

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Apartment standards: is this sham consultation?

The Victorian government say it wants to start a serious discussion on design standards for apartments. But it’s not telling the full story; it looks like it’s doing a bit of “design-washing”

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Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist last month

A list of the articles published on The Urbanist in April 2015, including driving vs public transport, cycling to rail stations, designing memorials, living in high-rise towers, and more

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Should there be more family friendly housing in the city centre?

There are ongoing calls for public intervention to ensure more 3 and 4 bedroom apartments are built in the city centre for families. It’s a popular idea, but the case for intervention is weak

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Does anyone really need to drive to the footy?

Despite good mass transit access, many visitors to stadiums like the MCG insist on driving to major events and causing severe traffic congestion. Very few of them really need to drive

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Is loud advertising at railway stations going too bloody far?

Noisy marketing is intruding into more aspects of daily life, even catching a train. Cities should be improving the comfort and appeal of public transport, not making it an annoying experience

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Can the Greens do better on transport policy?

Political commentators agree Richard Di Natale is more policy oriented than his predecessor, so he should review a couple of recent transport issues where the Party has lost sight of its progressive rationale

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What’s the problem with elderly drivers?

The rapidly growing number of elderly drivers is an issue because of their high casualty rates in crashes. A bigger issue though is the growing number who can no longer drive

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