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Should the walls come down at the (North Fitzroy) Star hotel?

Residents are increasingly looking to state and local government planners to protect a hard-to-define ambience or a special quality that’s come about serendipitously rather than by design

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Should we deck over motorways to provide more urban parkland?

Decking over motorways to provide more parkland might sound like a wonderful thing but it would be extraordinarily expensive and very hard to justify in our low density cities

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Does Melbourne really extend five times further than London?

The Age reported yesterday that a visiting London transport expert reckons Melbourne houses only half the population of London, but covers five times the area. This old canard isn’t true

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Are councils dealing with the problem of inner suburban parking?

A recent court decision highlights the inability of local and state governments to deal effectively with the problems of parking in inner suburban areas where density is increasing

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Where are the most liveable suburbs in Sydney?

Another week and another list of “most liveable something or others”. This one is for Sydney suburbs but like all league tables there’re more problems than virtues

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What should Turnbull do to prepare our cities for the future?

Here are five “politically courageous” proposals to improve Australia’s major cities for the consideration of Malcolm Turnbull, Greg Hunt and Jamie Briggs

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Cities: what’s the responsibility of the media?

It’s great that Fairfax is actively promoting discussion about cities and putting new information in the public realm; but with that goes a responsibility to ensure the input is useful and relevant

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Is this ranking of “the most liveable suburbs” believable?

Liveability is a handy idea but it’s hard to define it in a useful way. However the media love a list, so we invariably end up with flawed exercises like this one from Fairfax

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Does Turnbull’s Minister for Cities mean it’s a whole new world?

There’s lots of rejoicing about Malcolm Turnbull’s appointment of a Minister for Cities. But let’s hold the champagne until he shows he’s really serious about urban policy and can really deliver

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Are our cities just clusters of traditional country towns?

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

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