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Articles by Alan Davies

The Urbanist is taking a short break

The Urbanist will be away until late October or early November (expecting to be back in time for start of Vic election campaign).

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Can (traditional) Kings Cross be saved?

The traditional role of Sydney’s Kings Cross as a place to walk on the wild side is under threat. But if the forces that created it no longer apply, it’s unlikely the “old” Cross can be saved

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Is Melbourne’s East West Link dead in the water?

Much of the public focus is on what Labor will do about the East West Link if it wins the election, but the key responsibility lies with the Napthine government; it shouldn’t sign any contract

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Would a cable car help Sydney’s cyclists and pedestrians?

The Sydney Business Chamber’s proposal for a cable car is supposed to address congestion on Pyrmont Bridge. But a new pedestrian bridge seems like a simpler solution to that problem

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What’s better: a train that’s late or one that doesn’t get there at all?

There’s real value in hard performance targets for business and government, but there are also dangers. Sometimes a single-minded focus on targets leads to negative outcomes elsewhere

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Labor’s promise on level crossings: what are the issues?

Labor in Victoria is promising to remove 50 of Melbourne’s 180 level crossings if it wins the State election on 29 November. Sounds like a “no brainer”, but what are the key issues?

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Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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Did modernist architecture fail this public housing project?

St Louis’ Pruett-Igoe public housing project is infamous for being demolished after just 22 years due in large part to the failures of modernist architecture; but is that narrative right?

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Is the proposed development of Federation Square East a con?

Victoria’s Napthine Government is inviting proposals for the development of Federation Square East. Sounds like a wonderful civic enhancement, but in an election year it’s all about politics

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Are cars the way to address outer suburban transport disadvantage?

Progressives should embrace the idea that the best way of improving the mobility of most very low income outer suburban residents is by assisting them with the high costs of driving

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Womens Agenda

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