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Articles by Alan Davies

From Brisbland to Brisvegas: but is it a more interesting place?

Like Australia’s other capital cities, Brisbane has changed enormously over the last 20-30 years, especially in the centre and inner city. Much has improved but it’s less clear if it’s become a more interesting and distinctive place

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Are walking and cycling as green as we imagine?

Recent research concludes carbon emissions from walking are very large – around the same as taking the bus – and it’s mainly down to what we eat. As usual, it’s not that simple

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Building an education revolution: 600 schools in five years!

Nick Bastow’s great great grandfather was one of Australia’s most influential architects. In the 1870s he built what today would be an average of five schools in every Melbourne suburb

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How big was cycling in Australia in the past?

Cycling in Australia was much bigger historically – 10% mode share during WW2 – than it is now, but it’s never come anywhere near the past and present popularity of cycling in the Netherlands

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F1 Grand Prix: what do you get for $60-$70 million?

This Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park is likely to cost taxpayers close to $70 million. But the benefits don’t come within cooee of that outlay; there are much better uses for the money

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Who cares if Dallas Brooks Hall gets demolished?

There was nary a whisper of protest from any quarter last week when the Andrews government approved demolition of Victoria’s 1960s Dallas Brooks Hall. Does anyone care?

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Will this be the end of all those CBD “scaryscrapers”?

Victoria’s new Planning Minister is happy to talk down city centre skyscrapers but he should appreciate the impact on metropolitan housing affordability of any action he takes to limit supply

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Favourite city in the world

The comp for City Limits isn’t over until Thursday but such is reader Michael R James enthusiasm he couldn’t hold back; he boldly offered his views on the various cities nominated by readers as their “favourite”

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Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Melbourne’s new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It’s an exciting project but a lot more could’ve been done in this premier location

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Is lack of investment in trains why the inner city is so expensive?

Property prices have risen much faster in the inner city than the outer suburbs over the last 30 years. One theory is that under-investment in rail connecting the suburbs to the CBD is the culprit

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