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What to do about schools and

What to do about schools and "rich switch"?

Alan DaviesMay 4, 20165 Comments

Some parents are avoiding "undesirable" local primary schools and sending their children to out-of-zone schools. That has a raft of ill effects but there are no easy solutions

Should public transport be free for school students?

Should public transport be free for school students?

Alan DaviesFeb 16, 20167 Comments

Making public transport free for school students sounds good but it would be expensive; it would be inequitable; and it's doubtful it would shift many students out of cars and into buses and trains

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

Do anti-suicide barriers really save lives? Yes!

Alan DaviesSep 10, 20153 Comments

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

Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

Alan DaviesSep 9, 20156 Comments

The idea that a big city should be turned into a "20 minute city" is marketing fluff. People don't live in cities of two to five million so they can replicate some idea of traditional country town life

Do super-sized supermarkets cause obesity?

Do super-sized supermarkets cause obesity?

Alan DaviesSep 2, 20155 Comments

A study of eight countries concludes there's a strong correlation between obesity and the size of supermarkets. The authors suggest large supermarkets emphasise quantity over quality

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

Alan DaviesAug 26, 201511 Comments

A new US study finds that mode share and accessibility by public transport aren't correlated significantly with health outcomes. If the study's right, how could that be?

Is promoting health and fitness a winning strategy for cycling?

Is promoting health and fitness a winning strategy for cycling?

Alan DaviesJun 17, 201514 Comments

Emphasising the exercise and health benefits is a good way to promote cycling in the short term but it might make it harder to win serious mode share in Australian cities in the long run

Are these outer suburbs

Are these outer suburbs "food deserts"?

Alan DaviesJun 1, 20156 Comments

Michelle Obama popularised the idea that "food deserts" with too few healthy food stores (and too many fast food outlets) are a key cause of bad health, but it misses the underlying problem

Building an education revolution: 600 schools in five years!

Building an education revolution: 600 schools in five years!

Alan DaviesMar 18, 201513 Comments

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

Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

Alan DaviesSep 10, 201411 Comments

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